Cover: Complex Politics and the Role of Agents.

Complex Politics and the Role of Agents.

Published 1967

by Lewis A. Froman

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A discussion of some common forms of complex politics and of the role of an agent in political interactions. Complex politics may be of two basic kinds: (1) "serial" politics in which more than two people engage in simple political interactions concerning the same demand or request at different times; and (2) "audience" politics, in which a person interacts with more than one other person simultaneously. The use of an agent in complex politics may lessen the client's emotional involvement but may result in imperfect representation, especially if the agent's role is complicated by conflicting motives and by competition from other agents or pressures from other clients. In audience politics, communication may present problems; the larger the group, the greater the possibility of disparity between the interests of agent and client. Communication may be even more difficult in serial politics. When there are multiple agents, complications may arise from public utterances, from interactions among the agents themselves, or from an institutionalized setting. 21 pp.

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