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Debates, Rhetoric and Political Action. Practices of Textual Interpretation and Analysis

By
Claudia Wiesner
Taru Haapala
Kari Palonen
Rhetoric, Politics and Society
PalgraveMacmillan
2017
251 pages
ISBN
9781137570567

This book explicates how debates and documents can be understood, interpreted and analysed as political action. It offers the reader both a theoretical introduction and practical guidance. The authors deploy the perspective that debates are to be understood as political activity, and documents can be regarded as frozen debates. The first chapter discusses what is to be understood as politics and political. The second chapter explains the concept of debate as an exchange of arguments in speaking pro and contra. The third chapter presents concrete approaches, research practices and experiences that help analysing debates and documents as politics. The fourth chapter consists of a number of case studies that demonstrate how researchers can proceed in analysing parliamentary debates, documents, laws, and media articles. This book will be of use to all students and scholars interested in analysing texts and documents, as well as in political rhetoric and parliamentary debates.

A Political Style of Thinking. Essays on Max Weber

By
Kari Palonen
ECPR Press, Essays
ECPR Press, Colchester
2017
227 pages
ISBN
978-1-78552-265-9

Max Weber studies have been radically transformed since the 1980s. The author continues this revision by reading Weber as a thoroughly political thinker. Weber’s key concept is Chance, a concept that allows us to study politics as contingent activity and to understand both the actions of politicians and the presence of the political aspect in research.

This collection contains essays from 1999 to 2014 and a new introduction. The first part deals with Weber’s concept of politics and the politician as an ideal type, the second discusses Weber’s reinterpretations of key political concepts of freedom, democracy, parliament, nation and the state. The third part links Weber’s concept of ‘objectivity’ with the parliamentary style of politics. The essays set Weber’s political thought in relationship to his predecessors (Constant, Bagehot, Nietzsche), contemporaries (Sombart, Schmitt, Benjamin), later (Arendt, Sartre) or contemporary scholars (Skinner, Koselleck) and current Weber studies (Hennis, Scaff, Ghosh).