Beyond the politics of interest

Schwarz, M. & Thompson, M. (1985). Beyond the politics of interest. In: Plural Rationality and Interactive Decision Processes. Eds. Grauer, M., Thompson, M., & Wierzbicki, A., pp. 22-36 Berlin/Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. ISBN 978-3-662-02432-4 10.1007/978-3-662-02432-4_2.

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Most political theorists share the basic assumption that the pursuit of self-interest lies at the heart of political behaviour. In consequence, theoretical approaches in political analysis, diverse though they may be, can all be assembled under one rubric — the politics of interest. In this perspective, the political realm is seen as an arena into which individual or group interests enter in some fashion, to be dealt with by certain processes and to be transformed into outcomes, policies or outputs.1 This notion of political processes treats political society, not as a single entity—a community—but as fragmented into groups that are distinguished by their respective interests. On this view, groups and their interests constitute the essence of politics, providing the conceptual terms in which political behaviour is to be explained.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Proceedings of an IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) Summer Study on Plural Rationality and Interactive Decision Processes Held at Sopron, Hungary, August 16–26, 1984
Research Programs: System and Decision Sciences - Core (SDS)
Depositing User: Romeo Molina
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2016 09:52
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:40

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