Staging Politics

Un libro in lingua di Strauss Julia C. (EDT) O'Brien Donal B. Cruise (EDT) edito da Tauris Academic Studies, 2007

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This fresh and original study analyses how power presents itself in dramatic performance in these two increasingly economically and politically important continents.
Emotion and politics play a hugely important role in the politics of Asia and Africa but, as this book sets out, too much of western political research into the subject concentrates on apparent deficiencies – on the weakness of institutions, defects in the bureaucracy or markets, poor management of elections, absent judicial autonomy.  Viewing political performance through Western eyes in this way – where politics is primarily about the naked pursuit of power and interests – can lead to a misunderstanding of how politics actually works in Africa and Asia, where process plays a far more important role.  Thus performance, drama and emotion are far more integral to political outcome there than in the West.  By concentrating on this new perspective the authors, each a recognised specialist in one or more states in Asia and Africa, avoid this trap and offer a coherent picture of the impact political performance has on the culture and politics of these societies and how they function.

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