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p. 618. The Experience of Politics: I. How to be an Activistlocked

  • Kenneth Minogue


‘The Experience of Politics: I. How to be an Activist’ considers the actual experience of engaging in politics and the characteristics suitable for a career in politics. Politicians need a good deal of knowledge about the people they represent, their history, and the political structure of the country where those people live. The very language in which the thoughts and sentiments pass down over the generations reveals a conceptual structure which affects political possibility. Political skill requires wit, and politicians are remembered for their phrases and, in the modern media age, for their sound-bites. The concepts of spokesmanship, representation, office, and persuasion are also discussed.

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