Democracy and Dictatorship: The nature and limits of state power

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dc.contributor.author BOBBIO, Norberto
dc.contributor.other KENNEALY, Peter (Translator)
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-17T13:07:37Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-17T13:07:37Z
dc.date.issued 1989
dc.identifier.citation Oxford, Polity Press, 1989 en
dc.identifier.isbn 0745603947
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/23800
dc.description English translation of Norberto Bobbio’s "Stato, Governo, Societa: per una teoria generale della politica", Torino, Einaudi, 1985. en
dc.description.abstract In this important volume Norberto Bobbio examines some of the central themes of political theory and presents a systematic exposition of his views. With great astuteness and profound scholarship, Bobbio unfolds the elements for a general theory of politics. Bobbio's wide-ranging argument is focused on four themes: the distinction between the public and the private; the concept of civil society; differing conceptions of the state and differing ways of understanding the legitimacy of state power; and the relation between democracy and dictatorship. Bobbio's discussion draws on a wealth of theoretical and historical material, from Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes and Locke to Marx, Weber, Habermas and Foucault. By analysing the development of different languages of politics in relation to changing social and historical contexts, Bobbio deepens our understanding of the concepts we use to describe and evaluate modern political systems.
dc.description.tableofcontents Introduction: Democracy and the Decline of the Left by John Keane. Preface. Part I: The great dichotomy: public/private:. Corresponding dichotomies. The evaluative use of the great dichotomy. The second meeting of the dichotomy. Part II: Civil Society:. The various meanings. The Marxian interpretation. The Hegelian system. The natural law tradition. Civil society as civilised society. The current debate. Part III: State, Power and Government:. Towards the study of the state. The name and the thing. The state and power. The foundation of power. State and law. The forms of government. Forms of state. The end of the state. Part IV: Democracy and Dictatorship:. Democracy in the theory of governmental forms. The descriptive use. The evaluative use. The historical use. Modern democracy. Representative democracy and direct democracy. Political democracy and social democracy. Formal democracy and substantive democracy. Ancient dictatorship. Modern dictatorship. Revolutionary dictatorship. Bibliography. Index.
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Polity Press en
dc.title Democracy and Dictatorship: The nature and limits of state power en
dc.type Book en


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