Political narratives and political reality

Shaul R. Shenhav*

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This article develops directions of thought for evaluating how faithfully political narratives represent "political reality," and suggests several strategies for performing this evaluation. Based on a discussion of these strategies it claims that the concept of political narrative can be used by scholars with an entire range of perspectives or "basic views," and not only by those who adhere to a radical relativism. Studying the role of these basic views in the political domain can also facilitate our understanding of the possible coexistence between different political narratives.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)245-262
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Political Science Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2006


  • Ideology
  • Israel
  • Political language
  • Political narrative
  • Political reality


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