Murphy, Peter (2007) Politics. In: Ritzer, George, (ed.) The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 3463-3467.

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[Extract] The discipline of sociology has generated few outright political classics. The most splendid of all of the sociological classics, Weber's Economy and Society, contributed a great deal to the understanding of political behavior. Yet it is not a political work in the same sense as Aristotle's Politics or Hobbes's Leviathan. Economy and Society sometimes hints at but never enumerates the "best practical" regime. Aristotle and Hobbes had no doubt that such a regime existed, even if they disagreed about what it was. Weber's comparison of traditional, charismatic, and procedural authority bears a passing resemblance to the comparison of monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy perennially made by the great political thinkers. But the resemblance is limited.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 9781405124331
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2013 00:17
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