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