Politics and Fate
December 2000, Polity
The most characteristic expression of this disenchantment is the endless discourses on endism - the end of history, the end of ideology, the end of the nation-state, the end of authority, the end of government, the end of the public realm, the end of politics itself - all have been proclaimed in recent years.
Andrew Gamble's new book argues against the fatalism implicit in so many of these discourses, as well as against the fatalism that has always been present in many of the central discourses of modernity. It sets out a defence of politics and the political, explains why we cannot do without politics, and probes the complex relationship between politics and fate, and the continuing and necessary tension between them.
This book will be essential reading for students and scholars of politics, public affairs and political thought.
Chapter 2 The End of History.
Chapter 3 The End of the Nation State.
Chapter 4 The End of Authority.
Chapter 5 The End of the Public Domain.
Chapter 6 Politics
'This is a thoughtful book ... intellectually demanding without being technical. If as widely read as it deserves, Politics and Fate could restore public respect for political thinking.' Bernard Crick, The Independent
"Gamble's prose is clear and supple, his targets well chosen, his arguments effective and well tructured and his optimism realistic and sober" Nicholas Rengger, St Andrews University, UK. International Relations Theory