A Hundred Years of Studying Politics: What have we got to show for it?

Brian Barry

in The Promotion of Knowledge

Published by British Academy

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780197263129
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734861 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

A Hundred Years of Studying Politics: What have we got to show for it?

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This chapter presents the text of a lecture on the study of the history of politics. It describes the kind of knowledge that the study of politics produces and argues that there exists useful knowledge about political institutions. It contends that the failure of attempts to construct a science of politics modelled on physics or on microeconomics has tended to obscure the value of the contributions of political history. It highlights the importance of political theory in clarifying ideas about what makes a society historically good or just or unjust.

Keywords: politics; history; British Academy; centenary celebration; political institutions; political theory; society

Chapter.  9320 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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