Ideas and Politics in Modern Britain

Author: J. C. D. Clark

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1349206865

Category: Political Science

Page: 271

View: 6461

An examination of the ideas and politics of modern Britain. It looks at the role and relations of the state and the community it both governs and serves. Topics covered range from the collapse of corporate state Keynesianism, to government investment in universities and science.
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Political Ideas in Modern Britain

In and After the Twentieth Century

Author: Rodney Barker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134910665

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

View: 4944

The rise of the New Right and the collapse of state communism in 1989 has fundamentally changed political thinking in the late twentieth century. Rodney Barker has revised and extended his classic text - Political Ideas in Modern Britain - in the light of these changes. His accessible account of political thinking in Britain since the 1880s now includes detailed analysis of: * the demise of traditional conservatism and socialism * the rise and decline of the New Right * the growth of feminism, liberalism and pluralism Political Ideas in Modern Britain charts the changing intellectual landscape of political thinking, illustrating how contemporary political thought is both rooted in tradition and a radical transformation of it. Whether the future is liberal, communitarian, pluralist, or simply uncertain, this is an essential guide for students of British politics. Rodney Barker is Senior Lecturer in Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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Ideology and Politics in Britain Today

Author: Ian Adams

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719050565

Category: Philosophy

Page: 226

View: 4622

Politicians still call themselves socialists, conservatives and liberals, but among these groups exist very different understandings of what these terms represent. This new book provides a clear, comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the ideas and doctrines that have shaped, and willcontinue to shape, British politics. The first section of the book looks at different aspects of the wider context, the nature of political doctrines or ideologies and the role they play in politics in general. The main section of the book examines individual ideologies, broadly grouped into twocategories of "mainstream" ideologies - conservatism, socialism, liberalism, and nationalism - and the "fringe" - namely the Greens, the far left and the far right. British democracy, economic policy and consensus, the nature of ideological thinking and its place in politics are also considered.Finally, a short section considers the future: what forces, such as globalization and postmodernity, will shape the further development of those doctrines which are part of British politics today?
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The Language of Progressive Politics in Modern Britain

Author: Emily Robinson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137506644

Category: History

Page: 308

View: 2715

This book traces the word ‘progressive’ through modern British history, from the Enlightenment to Brexit. It explores the shifting meanings of this term and the contradictory political projects to which it has been attached. It also places this political language in its cultural context, asking how it relates to ideas about progressive social development, progressive business, and progressive rock music. ‘Progressive’ is often associated with a centre-left political tradition, but this book shows that this was only ever one use of the term – and one that was heavily contested even from its inception. The power of the term ‘progressive’ is that it appears to anticipate the future. This can be politically and culturally valuable, but it is also dangerous. The suggestion that there is only one way forward has led to fear and doubt, anger and apathy, even amongst those who would like to consider themselves ‘progressive people’.
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The Art of the Possible

Politics and Governance in Modern British History, 1885-1997 : Essays in Memory of Duncan Tanner

Author: Chris Williams,Andrew Edwards

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0719090717

Category: Great Britain

Page: 274

View: 3666

This volume explores some of the major transitions, opportunities and false dawns of modern British political history. It engages with the scholarly legacy of Professor Duncan Tanner (1958-2010) whose work was focused on the political process and on politics in government. Chronologically itsspan runs from the first general election to be conducted under the terms of the Third Reform Act through to the 1997 referenda in favour of devolved assemblies in Scotland and Wales. This was the period in which British politicians most obviously addressed a mass, British-wide electorate, seekingnational approval for policies and programmes to be enacted on a UK-wide basis. Edited by Chris Williams (Cardiff University) and Andrew Edwards (Bangor University) it includes essays from leading British historians including Peter Clarke, Pat Thane, David Howell, Steven Fielding, Andrew Thorpe, Jon Lawrence, Matthew Cragoe and John Davis, as well as from younger scholars ofWales such as Mari Elin Wiliam. Topics covered include the intellectual context for economic thought and for the synergy between the state and civil society, the rise of Labour in Edwardian Britain, the imagining of politics through fiction in inter-war Britain, British politics during the SecondWorld War, devolution in Scotland and Wales, ideas of class in post-war Britain and the rise and varying fortunes of the "left" in London. Aimed at scholars and students of modern British history this volume will also interest the general reader who wishes to get to grips with some of the latestthinking about British politics.
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Markets in Historical Contexts

Ideas and Politics in the Modern World

Author: Mark Bevir,Frank Trentmann

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139452175

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 4158

Markets in Historical Contexts is the result of a dialogue between historians and social scientists thinking about markets in modern society. How should we approach markets after the collapse of Marxism? What alternative ways of thinking about markets can we recover from the past? The essays in this volume set out to challenge essentialist accounts of the market. Instead they suggest that markets are always embedded in distinctive traditions and practices that shape the ways in which they are conceived and the manner of their working. The essays range widely over European and non-European societies from the eighteenth century to the present, from the great transformation to globalization. Rational peasants, republican economists, popular conservatives, guild theorists, early environmentalists, communitarians, progressives, consumers, Gandhi's descendants and others are all revived. The volume thus recovers alternative ways of thinking about markets, many of which are neglected or marginalized in contemporary debates.
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The Oxford Handbook of British Politics

Author: Matthew Flinders

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199230951

Category: Law

Page: 977

View: 5904

The Oxford Handbook of British Politics provides the most sophisticated and up-to-date analysis of British politics to date. Essential for all those working in the area.
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Neo-Liberal Ideology

Author: Rachel S Turner

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748688684

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

View: 8658

An original account of neo-liberalism's intellectual foundations, development and conceptual configuration as an ideology. Newly available in paperback.
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George Buchanan

Political Thought in Early Modern Britain and Europe

Author: Dr Caroline Erskine,Professor Roger A Mason

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409456331

Category: Political Science

Page: 342

View: 4842

George Buchanan (1506-82) was the most distinguished Scottish humanist of the sixteenth century with an unparalleled contemporary reputation as a Latin poet, playwright, historian and political theorist. However, while his contemporary importance as the scourge of Mary Queen of Scots and advocate of popular rebellion has long been recognised, this volume represents the first attempt to explore the subsequent influence of his ideas and his contested reputation as a political ideologue and cultural icon. Featuring a wide-ranging selection of essays by an international cast of established and younger scholars, the volume explores Buchanan's legacy as an historian and political theorist in Britain and Europe in the two centuries following his death, with particular emphasis on the reception of his remarkably radical views on popular sovereignty and political assassination. Divided into four parts, the volume covers the immediate impact and reception of his writings in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Britain; the wider Northern European context in which his thought was influential; the engagement with his political ideas in the course of the seventeenth-century British constitutional struggles; and the influence of his ideas as well as the changing nature of his reputation through the eighteenth century and beyond. The introduction to the volume not only reviews the material in the body of the collection, but also reflects on the use and abuse of Buchanan's ideas in the early modern period and the methodological issues of influence and reputation raised by the contributors. Such a reassessment of Buchanan and his legacy is long overdue and this volume will be welcomed by all scholars with an interest in the political and cultural history of early modern Britain and Europe.
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Ideas and Think Tanks in Contemporary Britain

Author: Michael Kandiah

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780714643014

Category: Political Science

Page: 216

View: 1745

This study looks at the influence of ideas and think tanks in Britain, contemplating how ideas have shaped politics and society. The purveyors of ideas for change - the think tanks - are examined, and academics and participants vieww are recorded in a number of interviews.
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The British Study of Politics in the Twentieth Century

Author: Jack Hayward,Brian Barry,Archie Brown

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780197262948

Category: History

Page: 528

View: 445

A collection of articles about British studies relating to various political issues including: totalitarianism, individualism, pluralism, political parties, elections, political institutions, public administration, nationalism, authoritarianism, and international relations.
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Church and State in Modern Britain 1700-1850

Author: Richard Brown

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134982704

Category: History

Page: 571

View: 8342

First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Ideologies of Conservatism

Conservative Political Ideas in the Twentieth Century

Author: E. H. H. Green

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198205937

Category: Political Science

Page: 309

View: 1054

'Ideologies of Conservatism will be a great eye-opener to historians and philosophers alike... This is a first-rate, indispensable book. E.H.H. Green's conclusions are based always on scrupulous consideration of the evidence and (most importantly) counter-evidence which his impressive study has unearthed.' -Robert Grant, Times Literary Supplement'Suberbly-researched essays on episodes in Conservative history since 1903... Green has made an impressive and rich contribution.' -English Historical Review'Easy to read and well worth reading... Green is a first-rate historian.' -London Review of Books'Rewarding and provocative assembly of essays... There is a unifying theme running through the book to which each essay makes an accumulating contribution, and which creates both unity and progression in the whole enterprise.' -Rodney Barker, London School of Economics and Political Science, European Review of History'Green is at his best in the deployment of close research into the middlebrows of middle England... The essay on Thatcherism is one of the most subtle in the book, and central to its general construction... Green is particularly good on the contingent interaction between long-term predispositions or discontents, and immediate events and persons. In his essays on the fall of Lloyd George and the rise of Margaret Thatcher, these two strands are interwoven with great skill.' -Rodney Barker, London School of Economics and Political Science, European Review of HistoryIdeologies of Conservatism charts developments and changes in the nature of Conservative political thought and the meaning of Conservatism throughout the twentieth century. It is the only study which blends the history of Conservative thought with the party's political action, and it offers significant new insights into the political culture of the 'Conservative Century'.
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Constitutional Patriotism

Author: Jan-Werner Müller

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400828081

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

View: 6648

Constitutional Patriotism offers a new theory of citizenship and civic allegiance for today's culturally diverse liberal democracies. Rejecting conventional accounts of liberal nationalism and cosmopolitanism, Jan-Werner Müller argues for a form of political belonging centered on universalist norms, adapted for specific constitutional cultures. At the same time, he presents a novel approach to thinking about political belonging and the preconditions of democratic legitimacy beyond the nation-state. The book takes the development of the European Union as a case study, but its lessons apply also to the United States and other parts of the world. Müller's essay starts with an engaging historical account of the origins and spread of the concept of constitutional patriotism-the idea that political attachment ought to center on the norms and values of a liberal democratic constitution rather than a national culture or the "global human community." In a more analytical part, he then proposes a critical conception of citizenship that makes room for dissent and civil disobedience while taking seriously a polity's need for stability over time. Müller's theory of constitutional patriotism responds to the challenges of the de facto multiculturalism of today's states--with a number of concrete policy implications about immigration and the preconditions for citizenship clearly spelled out. And it asks what civic empowerment could mean in a globalizing world.
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The Oxford Handbook of Modern British Political History, 1800-2000

Author: David Brown,Robert Crowcroft,Gordon Pentland

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191024279

Category: History

Page: 624

View: 9537

The two centuries after 1800 witnessed a series of sweeping changes in the way in which Britain was governed, the duties of the state, and its role in the wider world. Powerful processes - from the development of democracy, the changing nature of the social contract, war, and economic dislocation - have challenged, and at times threatened to overwhelm, both governors and governed. Such shifts have also presented challenges to the historians who have researched and written about Britain's past politics. This Handbook shows the ways in which political historians have responded to these challenges, providing a snapshot of a field which has long been at the forefront of conceptual and methodological innovation within historical studies. It comprises thirty-three thematic essays by leading and emerging scholars in the field. Collectively, these essays assess and rethink the nature of modern British political history itself and suggest avenues and questions for future research. The Oxford Handbook of Modern British Political History thus provides a unique resource for those who wish to understand Britain's political past and a thought-provoking 'long view' for those interested in current political challenges.
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Understanding Political Ideas and Movements

Author: Kevin Harrison,Tony Boyd

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719061516

Category: Political Science

Page: 360

View: 7083

Underpinned by the work of major thinkers such as Marx, Locke, Weber, Hobbes and Foucault, the first half of the book looks at political concepts including: the state and sovereignty; the nation; democracy; representation and legitimacy; freedom; equiality and rights; obligation; and citizenship. There is also a specific chapter which addresses the role of ideology in the shaping of politics and society. The second half of the book addresses traditional theoretical subjects such as socialism, Marxism and nationalism, before moving on to more contemporary movements such as environmentalism, ecologism and feminism.
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Principles and Politics in Contemporary Britain

Author: Mark Garnett

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 1845407261

Category: Political Science

Page: 312

View: 7090

This book shows the importance of political ideas in policy-making and demonstrates the extent to which pragmatic considerations preclude the imposition of rigid ideological programmes. It charts the decline of the postwar British 'consensus', the changing face of both the Conservative and Labour parties under the long shadow of Thatcherism, and the growing emergence of single issue policies such as environmentalism and feminism. With an extensive bibliography and suggested seminar and essay topics, Principles and Politics can be used on any course which focuses on contemporary British politics as well as having general appeal to those interested in looking at the contemporary political and ideological debate in the context of wider issues and trends. This second edition is completely revised and updated.
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Public and Private Doctrine

Essays in British History Presented to Maurice Cowling

Author: Michael Bentley

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521522175

Category: History

Page: 370

View: 659

Essays by a group of pupils, admirers and critics of the Cambridge historian Maurice Cowling.
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Europe in Love, Love in Europe

Imagination and Politics in Britain Between the Wars

Author: Luisa Passerini

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 9781860642814

Category: History

Page: 358

View: 9329

Combining the history of ideas and the history of emotions, this work explores the convergence between political and cultural ideas of Europe and the idea of love in the period between the two world wars. It investigates European unity from a political viewpoint, but also from cultural and symbolic ones, taking a critical stand towards Euro-centricism.
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The Philosophy, Politics and Religion of British Democracy

Maurice Cowling and Conservatism

Author: Robert Crowcroft,Richard Whiting,S.J.D. Green

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 085772049X

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 8163

Maurice Cowling was one of the most controversial historians and thinkers of the last 40 years and a key figure in modern British Conservatism. His work on intellectual and political history challenged conventional understanding of the political process and the liberal and secular ideas which have been so pervasive in modern Britain. Here leading scholars disclose Cowling’s vision of British democracy and place it within its broader intellectual context. _x000D_ _x000D_ Cowling's work assaulted conventional assumptions about modern thought and stressed the value of a specifically Conservative approach for understanding past and contemporary predicaments. His writings on political history challenged existing understandings of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and delineated the motivations and power of the political elite. His studies in intellectual history constructed a bold critique of modern liberalism and highlighted the enduring importance of Christianity in British society._x000D_ _x000D_ Robert Crowcroft, S.J.D. Green and Richard Whiting here bring together perspectives from religion, philosophy and politics to focus on Cowling’s work and its context, looking at the connection between Cowling and the leading Conservative philosopher Michael Oakeshott, the impact of Cowling’s ideas about the nature of politics and the way they are reported through journalism, and the relationship between Conservatism and Liberalism. They consider Cowling’s views on the scope of historical understandings and whether the tools most frequently used to understand political activity are the most valuable for doing so. Further, they evaluate the place of Christianity in social thought and how Cowling’s Conservative ideas might inform future patterns of thought._x000D_ _x000D_ This book therefore provides a powerful multi-disciplinary explanation of Conservative thought about public life in modern Britain, and sheds light upon the interface between philosophy, politics, religion and British democracy.
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