NNOLI, Okwudiba (2003) Introduction to Politics. Enugu: PACREP. Pages 324.
Keywords:Introduction to Politics, oppression, opposition, conceptualization of politics
The book, Introduction to Politics begins with a proper conceptualization of politics and the centrality of the state. Popular definitions of politics by various scholars were reviewed but all these popular definitions have their limitations which renders them deficient for proper understanding of politics. The definition of politics as the authoritative allocation of values is most common among academics but it is at best couched in abstraction as it also ignores how these resources are produced. It sees politics as something given and concerns itself only with how it operates. Issues like oppression, opposition, repression, exploitation etc are herein left unaddressed. It is the elements of this discrepancy that would generally provide a clear definition of politics.