Political science, political ideas and rhetoric

  title={Political science, political ideas and rhetoric},
  author={Alan James Finlayson},
  journal={Economy and Society},
  pages={528 - 549}
  • A. Finlayson
  • Published 1 November 2004
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • Economy and Society
The article reviews ‘ideational’ analysis and theory in political science. It argues that this is an important area of research limited by lack of a clear sense of what ideas in politics are and of how to analyse them as directly as possible. It is argued that political science should learn from the ‘rhetorical turn’ in various areas of the social sciences, developing ways, appropriate to political science, of analysing the language, rhetoric and argumentation of political and policy discourse… 
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