- Paperback: 424 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (November 10, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521534852
- ISBN-13: 978-0521534857
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,916,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Tragic Vision of Politics: Ethics, Interests and Orders
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