Suvi Soininen, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Fellow of the Academy of Finland

Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy
Political Science

Fax +358 14 260 2535
E-mail: suvi.m.soininen(a)jyu.fi

Postal address:
P.O.Box 35
FI-40014 University of Jyväskylä, Finland


Two Styles of Politics. Parliament in British Political Theory between the 1920's and 1970's

I study how different kind of descriptions of British parliament and conceptions of politics as activity go together in texts of pre-eminent British political theorists and some other writers such as journalists and historians. I will emphasize how the 'British' conception of politics differs from the conventional notion of politics as virtually synonymous to government. It disperses into politics as a conflict between interests, a game between government and opposition, the art of dealing with contingency etc. I will also refer to the two "styles" of politics in my study. In short, the "politics of argument" emphasises results as the essence of political activity, whereas the "politics of conversation" turns to the importance of procedures and rules and the play of the game itself.