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Decline and Resurgence of Political Theory

Introduction to the Topic

  • Political Science is one of the oldest subject and numerous books and other literary works are available on the subject.
  • All the aspects related to Statecraft, Kingship, Political Institutions, and studies on comparative politics are available in detail.
  • These studies were based on philosophies and normative approach, which was established during ancient and medieval times.

Decline of Political Theory

  • Modern political thought the old perspective of the study of political science has lost its relevant in the contemporary times and it demands a more rational and empirical analysis to obtain the correct result in the Political Science.
  • After the WWII the political scientist all over the world propagated various theories in this regard:
    • Behaviouralism &
    • Post Behaviouralism were among them

Characterization of Contemporary Political Writers

Characterization of Contemporary Political Writers

Reasons of Decline of Political Theory

  • A priori commitment to a certain principle or ideal like liberty or justice.
  • Starts with some assumptions or postulates
  • Most of the political thought for centuries since ancient civilizations to early years of 20th century was normative
  • Political theory usually meant to be comprehensive and inclusive of a system

Resurgence of the Political Theory

  • Thinkers like Plamenatz, Weldon and others established the political theory in its traditional sense was never dead rather it has changed its form.
  • The speculative theories except Utopian one are still important, as they have affected thinking, events and happening.
  • Similarly, Isaiah Berun observes that without some general outlook or philosophy, there can be no human activity: political theory of some kind is never dead. It is flourishing in newer forms with newer engagements.

Correlation between Political Theory and Modern Empirical Data Based Approach

The political theories, which derived in the past, were also based on observation of people. However, no record and data sets are available in this regard but the decisions were based on the study of large study on masses and concepts of justice and liberty as propagated by ancient and medieval thinkers were achieved.

Modern approach of studying political science as a empirical data based subject is not new while it is just and extension to the old approach based upon the availability of new tools.

Important Questions

1. The development of political science as a subject: Whether its a social science or pure science?

2. Important of empirical data in studying the political behaviour and policies?

3. The new approach of political science is much more concentrated on application of political theories rather than establishing new one Reasons?

Chapters:

0: 00 Decline And Resurgence of Political Theory

0: 11 Introduction of Political Theory

1: 51 Decline of Political Theory

6: 00 Characterization of Contemporary Political Writers

6: 50 Reasons of Decline of Political Theory

7: 21 Resurgence of the Political Theory

11: 00 Correlation between Political Theory and Modern Empirical Data Based Approach

13: 38 Questions About Political Theory

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