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    Paul Hirst's pluralism: a response to Mark Wenman

    Edwards, Jason and Knight, K. (2008) Paul Hirst's pluralism: a response to Mark Wenman. Political Studies 56 (3), pp. 737-741. ISSN 0032-3217.

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    In a recent article in Political Studies, Mark Wenman advances a critique of Paul Hirst's theory of associative democracy. In response, we argue that Wenman overstates the importance of G. D. H. Cole in the formation of Hirst's theory, that he therefore misrepresents important aspects of Hirst's argument, and that, as it stands, his own theory of 'agonistic pluralism' is less the 'alternative' he claims than an observation about the ineradicability of social conflict that Hirst would have regarded as true, but sought to move beyond in thinking about how a viable pluralism could be politically constructed and sustained in modern societies.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Contemporary Literature, Centre for, Birkbeck Centre for British Political Life
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2011 10:23
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:52


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