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Harold Laski : Problems of Democracy, the Sovereign State, and International Society - P. Lamb

Harold Laski

Problems of Democracy, the Sovereign State, and International Society

By: P. Lamb

Hardcover Published: 6th July 2004
ISBN: 9781403965806
Number Of Pages: 218

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Harold Laski, born in England at the end of the Nineteenth century, is a theorist who helped shape political thought throughout much of the first half of the Twentieth century. Primarily recognized for his contribution to the British pluralist tradition, arguing against state sovereignty and advocating devolution of political power to non state organizations, Laski's latest writings focused on the relation between capitalism and the sovereign state. This book explores both Laksi's pluralist thinking as well as his later writings on the problems of maintaining and developing democracy and freedom both within and in the relations between capitalist societies. Lamb seeks to explore Laski's work on international politics and its continuing significance to the understanding of politics and the state today.

"Lamb has provided an overdue retrieval, sympathetic but fair-minded, based on up-to-date research, of a historically important writer. He explains why Laski's many theoretical projects once attracted such interest and why they can still find some resonance in today's political world. Particularly innovative is Lamb's account of Laski's writings on international politics, largely ignored by earlier commentators. Lamb's study is a much-needed re-appraisal of a significant figure. He shows that many of Laski's concerns turn out to have much in common with those of present-day social democratic commentators - in particular the capacity of a state to effect social justice in conditions of global interdependence."

- Geraint Parry, Emeritus Professor of Government, University of Manchester, England

"Peter Lamb's study of this overly neglected thinker is a highly relevant recovery. This lucid, well-judged and sympathetic account of Laski's later thought on the 'myth' of the sovereign state is highly pertinent for cosmopolitan democrats, students of normative international relations and seekers of a genuinely radical 'third way'."

Jules Townshend, Department of Politics and Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Evolution of Laski's Political Thoughtp. 17
The Limits of Capitalist Democracyp. 45
Liberty: A Victim of Capitalist Democracyp. 69
State Sovereignty and Class Powerp. 93
Problems of International Politics: The Inter-War Erap. 115
Problems of International Politics: War and the Post-War Orderp. 147
Conclusion: Laski's Enduring Significancep. 175
Bibliographyp. 195
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9781403965806
ISBN-10: 1403965803
Series: The Palgrave Macmillan History of International Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 218
Published: 6th July 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1