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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
Chapter 8: Postmodern Political Futures
Postmodern Political Futures
Within the discourses of modern political science, the making of predictions, let alone prophecies, is frowned upon as an unlikely source of benefit. There are sound arguments to advise against writing a chapter such as this. The first is philosophical, and claims that the future is epistemologically unknowable; we cannot have experience of a world that is not yet, and that has not been there to experience. The second is scientific and Humean. It claims that we cannot be sure that relations that held in the past and present will continue into the future. Prediction, like prophecy, involves an unjustifiable attempt to jump the inductive gap between evidence and inference.
A third argument against predicting the future is the wearied outcome ...