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A regional political class for itself

4 (Re)making political institutions: a regional political class for itself As we have seen in the last chapter, political institutions established in Catalonia and Scotland have allowed for a professionalisation of Catalan and Scottish politicians and are shaping the patterns of their careers. Thus, regionalisation has not only brought about a territorial differentiation of politics but has also come with a new functional division of labour. Regional self-government is more or less delegated to political professionals trusted with this task. These professional

in Towards a regional political class?
The imaginary in the aesthetic of cinema

human being concerning its own nature and the existential re-orientation that confronts humanity as it embarks on a new journey towards the enfolding cosmic horizons. Past and future are brought into conjunction as are their ruling forms of knowledge, religion and science. 2001: A Space Odyssey expresses such a conjunction as both a potentially critical point of continuity and as also one of radical differentiation or disjunction. Such matters were very much alive at the time of Kubrick’s creation and his film imparted to them a quality of great profundity. Humankind

in Framing cosmologies
Autonomy and capacity

3446 Using Europe 16/4/10 12:12 Page 27 2 Territorial strategies: autonomy and capacity Introduction Territory is a fundamental determinant of politics. It provides the basis for political action, representation and policy-making (Smiley 1980; Keating 1998: 3), and it also provides a homeland, a sense of belonging and a unique identity (Smith 1991; Anderson 1991). Territorial borders determine the limits of political authority, and territory underpins functional systems and economic production (Agnew 1987; Bagnasco and Triglia 1993; Cooke and Morgan 1998

in Using Europe

can be neither possessed nor stored. Furthermore, for power to have functionality, the subjects involved in the power relationship must first be free in both accounts. As we have seen earlier in Foucault, power is brought to bear on the freedom of a subject, requiring docility for complicity in the exertion of power. Similarly, in Arendt's account, freedom plays a vital role in facilitating the coming into being of power. Being subjected to the force and

in Death machines

those biological rules which govern the life of all the other organisms. Yet in the human world we find a new characteristic which appears to be a distinctive mark of human life. The functional circle of man is not only quantitatively enlarged; it has also undergone a qualitative change. Man has, as it were, discovered a new method of adapting himself to his environment. Between the receptor system and the effector system, which are to be found in all animal species, we find in man a third link which we may describe as the symbolic system. This new acquisition

in The extended self
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Why use political phenomenology to analyse war reporting?

trends in media and 3681 The Politics of war reporting.qxd:Layout 1 Introduction 28/9/11 11:14 Page 3 3 culture more widely. In particular, it points to two parallel shifts: from the institution to the individual as the functional unit of authority, and from professional expertise to the authenticity of personal experience as the dominant form of that authority. Living journalism The phenomenological premise of this book is that conscious experience of the world is not pre-given but determined by the multiple contexts in which we are situated – material

in The politics of war reporting
The mutual paranoia of Jacques Derrida and Niklas Luhmann

/environment distinction. At best, this formulation of justice does adequately reflect the internal requirements of modern positivised law. Under conditions of extreme functional differentiation, the internal consistency of decision-making in law is strained by polycontexturality – a difficult problem, to which the contingency formula of justice reacts. But Luhmann's concept of justice is less adequate when it comes to

in Critical theory and legal autopoiesis
Human rights violations by ‘private’ transnational actors

mechanical solidarity. 27 In classical functionalism, the divisional element is to be found in the fact that a balance comes about through exchange relations among different functional spheres, and ultrastability is achieved by compensatory mechanisms when there are occasional disruptions, if necessary through state compensation out of the proceeds of growth. 28 In conflict theories, insoluble permanent

in Critical theory and legal autopoiesis
How transnational pharmaceutical groups manipulate scientific publications

actors as their agents. 23 Structural violence emanates from an ‘anonymous matrix’, that is, not only from the rather more visible ‘collective actors’ (states, political parties, commercial companies, groups of companies, associations), but also (with an equal if not greater intensity) from anonymous communicative processes (institutions, functional systems, networks) which are difficult to address for

in Critical theory and legal autopoiesis

allowed to meander from the core questions at will.1 This allowed for unforced descriptions of whatever came to an interviewee’s mind, with an abundance of more or less spontaneous evocations of principles of differentiation which did not have to be articulated or explained because they were seemingly experienced as entirely ordinary. While this kind of interview is not unstructured or more authentic than a formal question-and-response style, it does produce solid evidence of the collectively internalised and normalised principles 3681 The Politics of war reporting

in The politics of war reporting