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General Introduction: Power in Contemporary Politics
General introduction: Power in contemporary politics

Power has always been the most fundamental concept in the study of politics. Many other concepts are also vitally important to understanding the nature of politics, including justice, culture, equality, class, rational choice and many more. But in the history of political theory and political science since their origins in ancient Greece, power has constantly stood out as the single most important defining conceptual issue. With the development of the modern social sciences since the late nineteenth century, the problem of power has generally been seen as the very core of the emerging and developing discipline of political science as well as of cognate disciplines and subdisciplines such as political sociology, political economy, political ...

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