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1st Edition

Political Systems and the Distribution of Power

Edited By

Michael Banton

ISBN 9780415511308
Published December 8, 2011 by Routledge
186 Pages

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Book Description

Modern political anthropology began in 1940 with the first systematic comparative studies of how primitive societies maintained law and order. The focus was on government and the presence or absence of state institutions. Recently, interest has shifted to the study of power, to examining the manipulation of political relations, and to the task of elaborating a classification of governmental systems that will throw light on the important problems for research.
First published in 1965.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Decisions by Consensus in Councils and Committees: with special Reference to Village and Local Government in India, Factions: a Comparative Analysis, I A sociological definition of faction, II The social organization of factions, III Factions and political change, The Political Structure of African Kingdoms: An Exploratory Model, A model, Factors of change, Three variants, A Critique of the Typology of States and Political Systems, I Typology and generalization, II The range of political action, III The means of generalization

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