Secret organisations and their overt politics


In line with the concept of politics developed by ancient Greeks, the political sphere is identified with transparency and overtness. However, it has always been hiding secret actions, conspiracies and collusions. The emergence of the modern model of the state, along with the rationalisation of its structures, enabled the secret equivalents of authority to transform into organisations, i.e. institutions alternative to official organisations, established by law and having specific powers. Rather than talking about actual organisations, the author discusses the process whereby these secret, underground structures turn into organisations that influence the sphere of overt politics. She tries to show that this is a specific kind of game between what is explicit and public and what is concealed and secret. This game is constantly present in political activities, although we seldom realise it.

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Opublikowane : 2017-06-30

Markiewicz, B. A. (2017). Secret organisations and their overt politics. Civitas. Studia Z Filozofii Polityki, 20, 11-24.

Barbara A. Markiewicz 
Collegium Civitas in Warsaw  Polska

Professor, PhD with Habilitation (a post-doctoral degree), is a graduate of Polish Studies (Jagiellonian University) and Philosophy (The University of Warsaw). Her main subjects of interest are the history of philosophy, the philosophy of politics and the didactics of philosophy. She is the author of nearly three hundred academic papers.