Conceptualizing the State: Innovation and Dispute in British Political Thought 1880-1914

Hardcover | October 1, 1995

byJames Meadowcroft

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This book is concerned with the way in which the concept of the state was invoked in British political argument between 1880 and 1914. It central claim is that the decades bracketing the turn of the century witnessed a significant change in the prevailing terms of British political discourse- that the concept of the state, hitherto a relative stranger to British debate, emerged as a key component of the idiom in which critical reflection on politics was cast. James Meadowcroft surveys the ways in which the state was understood in this period, and also presents a detailed analysis ofthe conceptions of the state in the work of six prominent theorists: Herbert Spencer, Hugh Cecil, Bernard Bosanquet, L T Hobhouse, J A Hobson and Ramsay MacDonald.

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This book is concerned with the way in which the concept of the state was invoked in British political argument between 1880 and 1914. It central claim is that the decades bracketing the turn of the century witnessed a significant change in the prevailing terms of British political discourse- that the concept of the state, hitherto a ...

James Meadowcroft is a Lecturer in Politics at University of Sheffield.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:260 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:October 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198206011

ISBN - 13:9780198206019

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`an important contribution to the study of political thought ... The subject is approached through detailed analysis of six major theorists.'John Clarke, University of Buckingham, EHR Nov. 97