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  • Lord Kames

    Selected Writings
    Andreas Rahmatian

    Library of Scottish Philosophy volume containing selected writings of Henry Home, Lord Kames, judge, jurist and philosopher.

  • Your Brain's Politics

    How the Science of Mind Explains the Political Divide
    George Lakoff

    In this brief introduction, Lakoff and Wehling reveal how cognitive science research has advanced our understanding of political thought and language, forcing us to revise common folk theories about the rational voter.

  • The Demarchy Manifesto

    For Better Public Policy
    John Burnheim

    Demarchy exploits the possibilities of modern communications to give new role to public discussion. It takes the initiative in formulating policy on each specific problem out of the hands of political parties and into the hands of those most strongly affected by that particular problem. John Burnheim explains why this needs to be done.

  • Playing the Long Game

    How to Save the West from Short-Termism
    Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes

    This book explains how short-termism is damaging our economy and what we can do about it.

  • Orwell's Faded Lion

    The Moral Atmosphere of Britain 1945-2015
    Anthony James

    This book confronts the actual direction taken by British society against the background of the high hopes of the generation that survived the war.

  • New Labour's Old Roots

    Revisionist Thinkers in Labour's History
    Patrick Diamond

    Fully updated and revised edition of New Labour's Old Roots.

  • The Legendary Past

    Michael Oakeshott on Imagination and Political Identity
    Natalie Riendeau

    The book explores Oakeshott's thought on the key role human imagination plays in relation to the political.

  • Michael Oakeshott: Notebooks, 1922-86

    Michael Oakeshott

    The sixth volume in the series Michael Oakeshott Selected...

  • History as Thought and Action

    The Philosophies of Croce, Gentile, de Ruggiero and Collingwood
    Rik Peters

    This is the first book-length study of the relationship between Benedetto Croce (1866-1952), Giovanni Gentile (1875-1944), Guido de Ruggiero (1888-1948) and Robin George Collingwood (1889-1943). Though the relationship between these highly influential...

  • General Will in Political Philosophy

    Janusz Grygienc

    This book deals with the role and place of the general will in modern and contemporary political thought.

  • In the Name of the People

    Pseudo-Democracy and the Spoiling of our World
    Ivo Mosley

    Are our 'democracies' truly democratic? In the Name of the People examines the myth of modern democracy and finds it wanting. The various oligarchies of the world blame the madness of modern life on the greed and stupidity of ordinary people: this...

  • Civil Society, Capitalism and the State

    Part Two of the Liberal Socialism of T.H. Green
    Colin Tyler

    This book presents a critical reconstruction of the social and political facets of Thomas Hill Green’s liberal socialism. It explores the complex relationships Green sees between human nature, personal freedom, the common good, rights and the state...

  • There is No Such Thing As a Free Press...

    And we need one more than ever
    Mick Hume

    The aim of this book is to a launch a polemic for the freedom of the press against all of the attempts to police, defile and sanitise journalism today. Once the media reported the news. Now it makes it. The phone-hacking scandal and the Leveson...

  • Moored to the Continent?

    Future Options for Britain and the EU
    Mark Baimbridge

    Is there an alternative to EU membership? What if Britain left the EU? Would it be a disastrous or liberating experience? What trade relationships could the UK forge outside the EU? How would economic and social policy be different? What are the...

  • Reaction

    Against the Modern World
    Peter King

    In this book the author explores the different facets of reaction and suggests that there is more to the concept than just a gratuitous insult.

  • Politics and Neo-Darwinism

    And other essays
    Tom Rubens

    This collection of essays is eclectic, covering certain political, ethical, cultural and philosophical topics. But running through all the material is the evolutionary-naturalistic perspective stated in the opening essay.

  • Plato’s Political Philosophy

    Evangelia Sembou

    The aim of the book is to introduce the reader to Plato's political philosophy. The book is directed towards an audience that approaches Plato for the first time.

  • Natural Law, Economics and the Common Good

    Samuel Gregg

    In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008 and ongoing debt-related troubles there have been widespread calls to put banking and economic activity on a secure ethical foundation, either by regulation or through voluntary reform. In this volume a...

  • Friendship and the Political

    Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Schmitt
    Graham M. Smith

    This book reappraises the idea of "friendship" in contemporary political thought. Friendship was a central notion for the Ancients, being regarded as a political ideal to rank alongside justice. The author explores the possibilities for theorising...

  • The Scottish Political System Since Devolution

    From New Politics to the New Scottish Government
    Paul Cairney

    This book presents a narrative of Scottish politics since devolution in 1999.

  • The Meanings of Michael Oakeshott's Conservatism

    Corey Abel

    This collection of recent scholarship on the thought of Michael Oakeshott includes essays by both distinguished and established authors as well as a fresh crop of younger talent. Together, they address the meanings of Oakeshott's conservatism through...

  • Lotteries in Public Life

    A Reader
    Peter Stone

    Lotteries have been used to make all kinds of public decisions ever since the days of Ancient Greece. They can contribute to some of our most important values, such as rationality, justice, and democracy. But until recently, there was no theory to...

  • Against All Authority

    Anarchism and the Literary Imagination
    Jeff Shantz

    This volume examines historical and contemporary engagements of anarchism and literary production. Anarchists have used literary production to express opposition to values and relations characterizing advanced capitalist (and socialist) societies...

  • Britain In a Global World

    Options for a New Beginning
    Mark Baimbridge

    This edited collection explores the future options for the UK regarding its relationship with the European Union (EU). Since Britain applied for membership in 1961, the nature of the relationship between the UK and the EU has been central to economic...

  • On Liberty and Peace Part 2

    Peace
    Matt Edge

    The author writes: In this project I set out to provide an answer to two fundamental questions of political philosophy. How can human beings (living, as we do now, in a globalised world) live together, in conditions of co-operation over time...

  • The Sarkozy Phenomenon

    Nick Hewlett

    In this short book the author argues that the Sarkozy phenomenon is best explained by principal reference to the notion of Bonapartism, which of course has a long history in French politics.

  • Democracy and the Fall of the West

    Craig Smith

    Democracy is killing the West. That is the stunning conclusion of this book that tears apart the consensus underpinning modern political assumptions. Democracy is held to solve one of the oldest puzzles of human social life: how do we ensure that our...

  • Christian Anarchism

    A Political Commentary on the Gospel: Abridged Edition
    Alexandre Christoyannopoulos

    Christian anarchism has been around for at least as long as “secular” anarchism. Leo Tolstoy is its most famous proponent, but there are many others, such as Jacques Ellul, Vernard Eller, Dave Andrews or the people associated with the Catholic Worker...

  • The Authentic Tawney

    A New Interpretation of the Political Thought of R.H. Tawney
    Gary Armstrong

    R.H. Tawney is an iconic thinker in British left-wing circles, whose writings during the early-mid 20th century helped to forge the direction of democratic socialist thinking and Labour Party policies. This book provides a fresh and accessible guide...

  • Michael Oakeshott: Early Political Writings 1925-30

    A discussion of some matters preliminary to the study of political philosophy' and 'The philosophical approach to politics
    Michael Oakeshott

    Michael Oakeshott (1901-90) made his reputation as a political philosopher, but for a long time it seemed as if he had little interest in politics before 1945. His major pre-war work, Experience and its Modes (1933) was an examination of the nature of...

  • The Metaphysics of Self-realisation and Freedom

    Part One of the Liberal Socialism of Thomas Hill Green
    Colin Tyler

    This first part of Colin Tyler's new critical assessment of the social and political thought of T.H. Green (1836–1882) explores the grounding that Green gives to liberal socialism. Tyler shows how, for Green, ultimately, personal self-realisation and...

  • The Legacy of Leo Strauss

    Tony Burns

    Leo Strauss was a political philosopher who died in 1973 but came to came to prominent attention in the United States and also Britain around the beginning of the War in Iraq. Charges began emerging that architects of the war such as Paul Wolfowitz...

  • Sortition

    Theory and Practice
    Gil Delannoi

    Essays deriving from the conference "Selection by Lottery: Theory and Practice" held in 2008 under the auspices of Sciences Po, in Paris.

  • On Liberty and Peace, Part 1

    Liberty
    Matt Edge

    The author writes: In this project I set out to provide an answer to two fundamental questions of political philosophy. How can human beings (living, as we do now, in a globalised world) live together, in conditions of co-operation over time...

  • Columbanus

    Poet, Preacher, Statesman, Saint
    Carol Richards

    Columbanus ("The Dove of the Church"), not to be confused with his near-contemporary Columba of Iona, was a towering figure in the religious and political life of Europe in the Dark Ages. In this lively biography of the saint, Carol Richards evokes...

  • Premiership

    The Development, Nature and Power of the Office of the British Prime Minister
    Andrew Blick

    This book combines the methods of history and political science to produce theories of the development, nature and power of the premiership, and to explain the implications for present politicians and analysts.

  • Economic Reform and a Liberal Culture

    And Other Essays on Social and Cultural Topics
    Tom Rubens

    This second collection of essays for the Societas series by Tom Rubens continues the author’s discussion of contemporary issues contained in "Progressive Secular Society" (Imprint Academic 2008). The present book is divided into three main sections...

  • Poverty or Prosperity?

    What Tax is Best for a Flourishing Economy
    Sheila Lawlor

    A collection of essays by leading economists on how different tax regimes affect the overall prosperity of a country.

  • Christian Anarchism

    A Political Commentary on the Gospel
    Alexandre Christoyannopoulos

    Christian anarchism has been around for at least as long as “secular” anarchism. The existing literature cites Leo Tolstoy as its most famous (sometimes even as the only) proponent, but there are many others, such as Jacques Ellul, Vernard Eller, Dave...

  • Anxious To Do Good

    Learning to be an Economist the Hard Way
    Alan Peacock

    After nearly three and a half -- rather too exciting -- years as a young war-time sailor, Alan Peacock expected to return to a life of quiet contemplation. Instead he became an activist economist frequently engaged in controversies about the conduct...

  • Political Leadership in Liberal and Democratic Theory

    Joseph Femia

    The working hypothesis of this book is that the issue of leadership is neglected by mainstream democratic and liberal theories.

  • Hobbes's Behemoth

    Religion and Democracy
    Tomaz Mastnak

    Hobbes's Behemoth has always been overshadowed by his more famous Leviathan, which is arguably his masterpiece and is one of the greatest works of political philosophy. Behemoth, Hobbes's "booke of the Civill Warr," on the other hand, is most often...

  • Profit, Prudence and Virtue

    Essays in Ethics, Business and Management
    Samuel Gregg

    Essays in the ethics of business and management.

  • Moral, Social and Political Philosophy of the British Idealists

    William Sweet

    The British idealists of the late 19th and early 20th century are best known for their contributions to metaphysics, logic, and political philosophy. Yet they also made important contributions to social and public policy, social and moral philosophy...

  • The Concept of a Philosophical Jurisprudence

    Michael Oakeshott

    This volume brings together for the first time over a hundred of Oakeshott's essays and reviews, written between 1926 and 1951, that until now have remained scattered through a variety of scholarly journals, periodicals and newspapers.

  • The Political Potential of Sortition

    A study of the random selection of citizens for public office
    Oliver Dowlen

    The central feature of every true lottery is that all rational evaluation is deliberately excluded. Once this principle is grasped, the author argues, we can begin to understand exactly what benefits sortition can bring to the political community.

  • Darwinian Conservatism

    A Disputed Question
    Jr. Blanchard

    A reprint of Larry Arnhart's essay Darwinian Conservatism with comment and criticism from a variety of...

  • Religion, Politics, Evangelism

    Purna Chandra Jena

    This book seeks to show how religion is controlled by political ideologies, and how evangelism is moulded and manipulated by the demands of the dominant political order of the day.

  • Unlearning

    Or how NOT to be governed?
    Nader N. Chokr

    The aim of this book is to show why we should hold 'unlearning' to be a crucial ‘capability’ in and for education at this point in our history.

  • Political Art of Bob Dylan

    David Boucher

    Bob Dylan is one of the most significant figures in popular culture. In this book, the authors provide a multi-faceted analysis of his political art.

  • The Democratic Theory of Michael Oakeshott

    Discourse, Contingency and the Politics of Conversation
    Michael Minch

    This book offers a description, explanation, and evaluation of Michael Oakeshott's democratic theory. He was not a democratic theorist as such, but as a twentieth-century English political theorist for whom liberal theory held deep importance, his...

  • Vocabulary of a Modern European State

    Essays and Reviews 1953-1988
    Luke O'Sullivan

    The Vocabulary of a Modern European State is the companion volume to The Concept of a Philosophical Jurisprudence and completes the enterprise of gathering together Oakeshott's previously scattered essays and reviews.

  • Anti-Democratic Thought

    Erich Kofmel

    From a historical and cross-cultural perspective it cannot be denied that most democracies failed. Only western democracies for a short while -- from the fall of Soviet communism to the rise of radical Islam -- believed themselves to be invincible. It...

  • Independent

    The Rise of the Non-aligned Politician
    Richard Berry

    Martin Bell, Ken Livingstone and Richard Taylor (the doctor who became an MP to save his local hospital) are the best known of a growing band of British politicians making their mark outside the traditional party system. Some (like Livingstone) have...

  • The State of the Nations 2008

    Into the Third Term of Devolution in the UK
    Alan Trench

    The State of the Nations 2008: Into the third term of devolution in the United Kingdom is the sixth publication of a major research programme into devolution in the United Kingdom, published on behalf of the Constitution Unit at University College...

  • A People's Parliament/A Citizen Legislature

    Ernest Callenbach

    Two essays, printed back to back in a single volume, offer complementary solutions to the democratic deficit in Britain and the USA.

  • Nature and Uses of Lotteries

    Conall Boyle

    Thomas Gataker was a disputatious Puritan divine. His The Nature and Uses of Lotteries (1627) was the first systematic exposition of a modern view of lotteries, not just as a form of gambling, but as a fair method of division. Gataker approved of...

  • The Athenian Option

    Radical Reform for the House of Lords
    Anthony Barnett

    Before New Labour came to power and when even the prospect of reform of Britain's House of Lords was regarded with scepticism, Anthony Barnett and Peter Carty developed the idea of selecting part of a new upper house by lot: creating a jury or juries...

  • Liberty, Authority, Formality

    John Morrow

    The essays in this volume are all inspired by the historical scholarship of J.C.Davis. During a prolific career, Davis has transformed our understanding of early modern utopian literature and its contexts, and compelled students of seventeenth-century...

  • Balancing Act

    National Identity and Sovereignty for Britain in Europe
    Atsuko Ichijo

    This is a careful examination of the historical formation of Britain and of key moments in its relations with the European powers. The author looks at the governing discourses of politicians, the mass media, and the British people. The rhetoric of...

  • Seeking Meaning and Making Sense

    John Haldane

    Collection of short essays that range across philosophy, politics, general culture, morality, science, religion and art, focusing on questions of meaning, value and understanding.

  • Sovereignty

    History and Theory
    Raia Prokhovnik

    This innovative research monograph on sovereignty argues that the historical examination of the concept and the conceptual analysis of sovereignty are interdependent.

  • Michael Oakeshott, the Ancient Greeks, and the Philosophical Study of Politics

    Eric S. Kos

    This book addresses a question fundamental for Oakeshott throughout his life, which is what we are doing when we read and discuss some memorable work in the history of political thought. The approach the book takes to Oakeshott’s response to this...

  • In Bed with Madness

    Trying to make sense in a world that doesn't
    Yannis Androcopoulos

    Globalism endowed us with McDonald's, 'the world’s local bank’, English football teams without English players and an irrepressible desire for more as enough is never good enough – the blanket is always too short. Our personal world as much as our...

  • The Greek Inheritance

    Ancient Greek wisdom for the digital era
    Yannis Androcopoulos

    The culture of ancient Greece, a culture of joy, was replaced by the Judaeo-Christian culture of faith and then by the capitalist culture of profit. Yet it is the only culture worth fighting for if we want a world run by humans rather than...

  • Gangraena

    Thomas Edwards

    A facsimile of 17th century polemical work, with a modern...

  • Quest for Civil Order

    Politics, Rules and Individuality
    Cheung Chor-yung

    Examines four notable thinkers in the field of modern social and political theory, with a view to determining how far it is possible to create and maintain a non-coercive but sustainable political order under conditions of diversity in contemporary...

  • Joseph Conrad Today

    Kieron O'Hara

    This book argues that the novelist Joseph Conrad's work speaks directly to us in a way that none of his contemporaries can. Conrad’s scepticism, pessimism, emphasis on the importance and fragility of community, and the difficulties of escaping our...

  • Education and the Voice of Michael Oakeshott

    Kevin Williams

    The work of Michael Oakeshott has retained a striking currency in philosophical discourse about education. This is hardly surprising in view of his influence on Paul Hirst and Richard Peters, two philosophers whose work had an enormous impact on...

  • Politics and Society in Scottish Thought

    Shinichi Nagao

    This volume illustrates the way political and social philosophers of 18th-century Scotland tried to answer the following question: 'What is, and what ought to be, the relationship between the modern market and stable, desirable social order?'

  • Alarming Drum

    Britain's European Dilemma
    Peter Morgan

    Examines UK's relationship with the European Union, together with a scrutiny of global strategic prospects. This book covers topics such as economy, military and demographic...

  • John Grote, Cambridge University and the Development of Victorian Thought

    John R. Gibbins

    John Grote struggled to construct an intelligible account of philosophy at a time when radical change and sectarian conflict made understanding and clarity a rarity. This book answers three questions: * How did John Grote develop and contribute...

  • Devolution, Law Making and the Constitution

    Robert Hazell

    Law making is a primary function of government, and how well the three devolved UK legislatures exercise this function will be a crucial test of the whole devolution project. This book provides the first systematic study and authoritative data to...

  • Dialectics of the Self

    Transcending Charles Taylor
    Ian Fraser

    Charles Taylor is a philosopher concerned with morality and the nature of the identity of individuals and groups in the West. This book offers an evaluation of Taylor's conception of self, and its moral and political...

  • Paradoxes of Power

    Reflections on the Thatcher Interlude
    Alfred Sherman

    The book describes Sir Alfred Sherman's early relationship with Sir Keith Joseph and his own role in the formation of the Centre for Policy Studies in 1974. Sherman examines the origins and development of 'Thatcherism', but concludes that the Conservative administrations of the 1980s were, for the most part, an ‘interlude’.

  • Lectures in the History of Political Thought

    Luke O'Sullivan

    Oakeshott’s memorable lectures on the history of political thought, delivered each year at the London School of Economics, will now be available in print for the first time as Volume II of his Selected Writings. Based on manuscripts in the LSE archive...

  • Principles and Politics in Contemporary Britain

    Mark Garnett

    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.

  • Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Utility

    Happiness in Philosophical and Economic Thought
    Charles Kenny

    A volume on the nature, ingredients, causes and consequences of human happiness by the father and son team of Anthony and Charles Kenny.

  • Great Immigration Scandal

    Steve Moxon

    Outlines the events that led to the decision that the author could no longer participate in a policy that appeared to be at odds with the intentions of Parliament. This book includes an analysis of the relevant scholarly literature in demography...

  • Village Democracy

    John Papworth

    The author passionately sets out his argument for radical decentralisation of power as the only answer to the current crises in politics, trade, ecology, and international affairs.

  • Making it Happen in Public Service

    Devolution in Wales as a Case Study
    Stephen Prosser

    This book examines the change management strategies and processes employed to ensure that the Labour Government’s commitment to devolution became a reality in Wales. It is an account of constitutional, cultural, organizational and human change set...

  • Conservative Consensus?

    Housing Policy Before 1997 and After
    Peter King

    New Labour would like to portray 1997 as a new beginning for public policy, but Peter King argues that we now have, in housing and in other areas of public policy, a consensus based on Thatcherite reforms. He explores the particularly conservative...

  • Putting Morality Back into Politics

    Richard Ryder

    Machiavelli almost succeeded in removing morality from European politics and, indeed, since his day it has sometimes been assumed that morality and politics are separate. Ryder argues that the time has come for public policies to be seen to be based upon moral objectives.

  • Referendum Roundabout

    Kieron O'Hara

    A lively and sharp critique of the role of the referendum in modern British politics.

  • Throne in Brussels

    Britain, the Saxe-Coburgs and the Belgianisation of Europe
    Paul Belien

    Offers a history of the monarchy of Belgium, a country artificially created in 1817.

  • Mendacious Colours of Democracy

    An Anatomy of Benevolent Lying
    Alex Rubner

    ‘Politics is a noble, but also a dirty, business. To gain election — and retain office — in a democratic system, politicians are frequently compelled to be dishonest. They engage in benevolent lying because obstruction by stupid voters will otherwise...

  • Darwinian Conservatism

    Larry Arnhart

    The Left has traditionally assumed that human nature is so malleable, so perfectible, that it can be shaped in almost any direction. Conservatives object, arguing that social order arises not from rational planning but from the spontaneous order of...

  • The Dynamics of Devolution

    The State of the Nations
    Alan Trench

    This book is the fifth, and final, volume in the State of the Nations yearbook series on devolution in the UK. This book explores the future of devolution, by examining the new political dynamics devolution has put into play. These concern...

  • Doing Less with Less

    Making Britain More Secure
    Paul Robinson

    The only way to avoid dodgy dossiers and dubious foreign adventures is to acknowledge that the post-Cold War world is a far safer place than neoconservative rhetoricians would have us believe. The Ministry of Defence should reclaim its pre-Orwellian...

  • Justice by Lottery

    Barbara Goodwin

    This book is about the virtues and social justice of random distribution. The first chapter is a utopian fragment about a future country, Aleatoria, where everything, including political power, jobs and money, is distributed by lottery. The rest of...

  • Who's Afraid of a European Constitution?

    Neil MacCormick

    In this short but authoritative book, the nature and purpose of the European Constitution are explained by someone involved in its preparation.

  • From a Necessary Evil to an Art of Contingency

    Michael Oakeshott's Conception of Political Activity
    Suvi Soininen

    This book presents a comprehensive study of Oakeshott’s conception of political activity. The author first examines Oakeshott in the contexts of liberal, conservative and Idealist thought, and then presents a detailed interpretation of the change in...

  • Intellectual Legacy of Michael Oakeshott

    Timothy Fuller

    This volume brings together a diverse range of perspectives reflecting the international appeal and multi-disciplinary interest that Oakeshott now attracts. The essays offer a variety of approaches to Oakeshott’s thought — testament to the abiding...

  • Tony Blair and the Ideal Type

    Jack H. Grainger

    The 'ideal type' is Max Weber's hypothetical leading democratic politician, whom the author finds realized in Tony Blair.

  • T.H. Green's Theory of Positive Freedom

    Ben Wempe

    In this new and entirely revised edition of his study of Green's theory of positive freedom, Ben Wempe argues that the far-reaching and beneficial influence of Green’s political doctrine, on public policy as well as in the field of political theory, was founded on a misinterpretation of his philosophical stand.

  • New Labour's Old Roots

    Revisionist Thinkers in Labour's History 1930-1997
    Patrick Diamond

    New Labour was not conjured up out of thin air — it only looks like that because of the party's amnesia concerning its intellectual development. This book provides extracts from fifteen thinkers located within the revisionist tradition.

  • Snake That Swallowed Its Tail

    Some Contradictions in Modern Liberalism
    Mark Garnett

    Tracing its effects through the media, politics and the public services, the author argues that hollowed-out liberalism has helped to produce our present discontent.

  • Limits of Political Theory

    Oakeshott's Philosophy of Civil Association
    Kenneth B. McIntyre

    This book examines Oakeshott’s political philosophy within the context of his more general conception of philosophical understanding. The book stresses the underlying continuity of his major writings on the subject and takes seriously the implications...

  • Greenian Moment

    Denys Leighton

    This study of T.H. Green views his philosophical opus through his public life and political commitments, and it uses biography as a lens through which to examine Victorian political culture and its moral climate. The book deals with the political...

  • Party's Over

    Blueprint for a Very English Revolution
    Keith Sutherland

    This book examines the historical forces that gave rise to the modern political party and questions its role in the post-ideological age. If we all now share the liberal market consensus, then what is the function of the party?

  • What is History? And Other Essays

    Selected Writings
    Luke O'Sullivan

    This highly readable new collection of thirty pieces by Michael Oakeshott, almost all of which are previously unpublished, covers every decade of his intellectual career.

  • Has Devolution Made a Difference?

    The State of the Nations 2004
    Alan Trench

    This book is the fourth volume of a major five-year research programme on devolution funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The programme comprises eleven Constitution Unit research projects, underwritten by a regular series of monitoring reports. This book...

  • Off with Their Wigs!

    Judicial Revolution in Modern Britain
    Charles Banner

    On Thursday June 12th 2003, a press release concerning a Cabinet reshuffle declared as a footnote that the office of Lord Chancellor was to be abolished and that a new Supreme Court would replace the House of Lords as the highest court in the United...

  • Michael Oakeshott on Hobbes

    Ian Tregenza

    Michael Oakeshott is widely recognised to be one of the most original political philosophers of the twentieth century. He also developed a very influential interpretation of the ideas of the great seventeenth century philosopher Thomas Hobbes. While...

  • In Defence of Modernity

    The Social Thought of Michael Oakeshott
    Efraim Podoksik

    Although Oakeshott’s philosophy has received considerable attention, the vision which underlies it has been almost completely ignored. This vision, which is rooted in the intellectual debates of his epoch, cements his ideas into a coherent whole and...

  • Modernisation Imperative

    Bruce Charlton

    This book argues that contemporary society in Western democracies is generally misunderstood to be a pyramidal hierarchy dominated either by government or the economy. Neither view is correct. We live in a fundamentally pluralistic society divided...

  • Democracy, Fascism and the New World Order

    Ivo Mosley

    Democracy is not a universal good, it is a political system, and like all political systems it is open to corruption. The word ‘democracy’ means ‘rule by the people’, not rule by a simple majority. To achieve rule by all the people, it used to be...

  • Metaphysics, Method and Politics

    The Political Philosophy of R.G.Collingwood
    James Connelly

    This book argues that R.G. Collingwood developed a complete and coherent political philosophy of civilization. In making this case it also demonstrates that Collingwood's philosophical work comprises a unity in which, although there was development...

  • T.H.Green and the Development of Ethical Socialism

    Matt Carter

    This book uncovers the philosophical foundations of a tradition of ethical socialism best represented in the work of R.H. Tawney, tracing its roots back to the work of T.H. Green.

  • Liberty Option

    Tibor R. Machan

    The Liberty Option advances the idea that for compelling moral as well as practical reasons it is the free society -- with the rule of law founded on the principles of private property rights, its complete respect for individual sovereignty and...

  • Last Prime Minister

    Being Honest About the U.K. Presidency
    Graham Allen

    Echoing Mahatma Gandhi's comment on Western civilization, Graham Allen thinks the British constitution would be a very good idea—a clear constitution providing real power to the British people and their elected representatives. In The Last Prime...

  • The State of the Nations

    The Third Year of Devolution in the United Kingdom
    Robert Hazell

    The State of the Nations 2008 is the sixth publication of a major research programme into devolution in the United Kingdom, published on behalf of the Constitution Unit at University College London. The focus of this volume is on the devolved...

  • Case Against the Democratic State

    An Essay in Cultural Criticism
    Gordon Graham

    The history of the last two hundred years is a story of the immense and relentless growth of the State at the expense of other social institutions. We are now so familiar and accepting of the State's pre-eminence in all things, that few think to...

  • The State of the Nations 2001

    The Second Year of Devolution in the United Kingdom
    Alan Trench

    The State of the Nations 2008 is the sixth publication of a major research programme into devolution in the United Kingdom, published on behalf of the Constitution Unit at University College London. The focus of this volume is on the devolved...

  • The State and the Nations

    The First Year of Devolution in the United Kingdom
    Robert Hazell

    The State of the Nations 2008 is the sixth publication of a major research programme into devolution in the United Kingdom. The focus of this volume is on the devolved elections of May 2007, analyzing the outcome in terms of both the immediate aftermath and longer-term implications.

  • Rape of the Constitution?

    Keith Sutherland

    This text is compiled of essays critical of the Government's handling of constitutional reform in relation to Europe, Westminster and devolution.

  • Dumbing Down

    Culture, Politics and the Mass Media
    Ivo Mosley

    This text is a compilation of essays on changes in culture and the media and the dangers of their...