Pluralism and the Personality of the State


Pluralism and the Personality of the State

Pluralism and the Personality of the State tells the history of English political thought from 1900 to 1933, concentrating on the work of the political pluralists and their attack on the idea of state sovereignty. It explores the background to their work in the ideas of the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes and the German jurist Otto von Gierke. It also looks at what wider relevance their ideas might have today, particularly with regard to the question of the relation between the state and voluntary associations.


 Reviews:

"As a history of the implantation of ideas within a particular context, this work is exceptional. As an incisive conceptual negotiation of this tradition....this work borders on brilliance." B.J. Macdonald, Choice

"...such thoroughness is part and parcel of the book's great value to historians of ideas in early twentieth century England." Review of Metaphysics

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