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Review Essay: Arenas of power - Theodore J. Lowi


Kellow, AJ, Review Essay: Arenas of power - Theodore J. Lowi, Australian Journal of Public Administration, 68, (4) pp. 484-491. ISSN 0313-6647 (2009) [Non Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-8500.2009.00652.x


Some books are more keenly anticipated than others. To say that we have been waiting for the appearance of Theodore Lowi's Arenas of Power for some time would be an understatement, since the book was first promised in a footnote to Lowi's 1970 paper 'Decision Making vs Policy Making: Toward an Antidote for Technocracy.' For those of us who count themselves as among his intellectual followers - and friends (for Ted has a disarming ability to coopt and charm his critics!) - the non-appearance of Arenas of Power had become an in-joke. Lowi himself(2009: 14) refers to it as 'the best known unpublished book in political science'. Dan Ferguson, his son-in-law, went so far as to craft from wood a faux book that could be placed on the bookshelf.

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Item Type:Non Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Political science not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kellow, AJ (Professor Aynsley Kellow)
ID Code:61082
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2010-02-25
Last Modified:2010-05-19
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