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Meta-Theoretical Note

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In this chapter, the author analyses the theoretical developments meta-theoretically. The chapter makes a modest contribution to the establishment of a model for the development of political discourses in the history of the labour movement. In the development of a political theory, concepts are constantly being replaced by other concepts. This can occur in three ways: either through the substitution of an equivalent concept, or through the substitution of a less general concept (specification), or through substitution of a more general concept (generalisation). The concepts form the building blocks out of which more or less complex discourses are constructed. They are combined in statements which are related to the object of the discourse: Soviet society. In order to analyse the operation of external influences more closely, it seems useful to introduce the sociological concept of regulative ideas.

Keywords: labour movement; political theory; Soviet society

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