Pluralism and Australian Political Science

Andrew Parkin

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ACADEMIC disciplines may sometimes find discredited theories useful. "Functionalism", claims Herminio Martins(1974: 247), "'dies' every year, every Autumn Term, being ritually executed for introductory teaching purposes... The critique of functionalist sociological theory is... a pedagogic necessity: the demolition of functionalism is almost an initia-tion into sociological adulthood". This process, however,may also serve to bolster the legitimacy, if only as counter-arguments, of theories which unnecessarily mislead and con-fuse students. In Australian political science, such a"theory", broadly defined, is "pluralism".
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-53
Number of pages4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1980


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