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The Idea of a Political Community

Elizabeth Frazer

in The Problems of Communitarian Politics

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780198295648
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599316 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198295642.003.0008
 The Idea of a Political Community

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Communitarian politics values community activism and opposes alienating relationships between the state and the individual. The relationship and the tensions between communitarianism and republicanism are discussed, and difficulties with communitarian approaches to political strategy and democracy are examined. Finally, the very idea of a ‘political community’ is analysed and it is suggested that the nature and logic of political power mean that communitarian critiques of politics are difficult to sustain.

Keywords: activism; community; democracy; politics; power; republicanism

Chapter.  18686 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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