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Studying the Meaning(s) of Politics: Theoretical Perspectives

Democracy
Political Theory
International
Domestic Politics
Normative Theory
P359
Mihai Sebastian Chihaia
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi
Mihai Sebastian Chihaia
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi

Saturday 09:00 - 10:40 (09/09/2017)

Building: BL20 Helga Engs hus Floor: 2 Room: HE 233

Abstract

This Panel collects contributions elucidating the differences between various historical and contemporary definitions of ‘politics’ and the implications of these differences on the conceptualization and operationalization of political phenomena for academic research purposes as well as political practice. It combines inspirations from existing pieces if political and international theorizing and critical reviews of the existing usage of the term to either introduce new understandings of politics or apply a particular understanding to unpack a specific empirical puzzle. It does so with an emphasis on the interplay between domestic and international dimensions of politics, and on the nexus between the state, society and the individual. Papers in this panel include conceptual works on, for example, the implications of popular understandings of politics for political practices, and the changing perceptions of politics and, more specifically, of the democratic ‘mode of operation’ of politics in the course of political upheavals. The meaning and significance of the difference between domestic and international politics will be examined with the help of international relations theories as well as approaches from political philosophy. Overall, the panel aims to generate syntheses of existing approaches and apply one or more conceptualizations of politics to explain selected empirical puzzles.
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