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POLITICAL SCIENCE IN THE STUDY OF ORGANIZATION. ORGANIZATIONAL STUDIES OF POLITICS
 
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Дата публикации: 2020-01-26
 
Studia Politologiczne 2010;17
 
СТАТЬЯ:
Politics happen in the world of organizations. It has an organizational dimension. Organizations on the other hand undergo political phenomena and processes, they have a political dimension. Political science does not investigate these issues sufficiently. Quoting LaPalombara one could say that in political science there is a serious gap in this respect. Meanwhile it is exactly in these areas that should be found answers to the crucial questions about the nature of contemporary politics, which happens more and more in the sphere which is but seemingly apolitical or outside politics. Politics does not disappear, but it becomes post-politics which “hides from” or “escapes” political scientists. In the studies of organization or management there is a current focused on the phenomena of power and politics in organizations, however, even these, normatively oriented disciplines, do not explore the problematic enough. It is possible to reconstruct a few major models of treating politics in organizations: considering politics as a pathology in organizations, the theory of organizational games, the political interpretation of the strategic process, and understanding organizations as political systems. There are also some more fundamental links to be found between politics and organizations – as well as between the paradigms of interpretation employed by political sciences and organizational studies – politics can be understood as a process of organizing the social life, while organization and organizing as essentially political phenomena. Thus, it seems justified not only to employ the tools of political science in the study of organizations or the tools of organizational studies in the interpretation of politics, but also to postulate further integration of political and organizational studies, to remove artificial boundaries and seek a synergic synthesis of the achievements of the two disciplines. Such attitude should be embraced in academic education too.
ISSN:1640-8888