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What happens to politics in the postmodern condition? The Politics of Postmodernity is a political tour de force that addresses this key contemporary question. Politics in postmodernity is carefully contextualized by relating its specific sphere - the polity - to those of the economic, social, technological and cultural. The authors confront globalization and the notion of postmodernity as disorganized capitalism. They analyze the role of the mass media, the changing ways in which politics is used, the role of the state and the progressive potential of politics in postmodern times. Closing with a postscript on the future of the discipline of political science, this book offers a profound yet highly accessible account


We argued in Chapter 1 that postmodernization stands for the processes that shape postmodernity. In this chapter we will outline in detail the character of these forces. This is not an easy task, however. The concept of postmodernization as such has very seldom been used. The main exception is Crook et al.'s Postmodernization (1992). Otherwise the concept is basically non-existent within contemporary social analysis. According to the Social Sciences and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, between 1992 and 1997 only four articles or reviews were published with ‘postmodernization’ in the title. As a comparison, during the same period more than 500 articles or reviews had ‘modernization’ in their titles, and more than 800 had ‘postmodernism’ in their titles. We will therefore initially make ...

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