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  • The Chamberlain Legacy

    Charles Nettlefold

    In this book, the author has sought to re-examine the reputations of the Chamberlains by concentrating as much on their personal lives and the motives that drove them as on the mighty political events that dominated their times. His conclusions may surprise the reader.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Michael Oakeshott: Notebooks, 1922-86

    Michael Oakeshott

    The sixth volume in the series Michael Oakeshott: Selected Writings. From the 1920s to the 1980s Oakeshott filled dozens of notebooks with his private reflections, both personal and intellectual. Their contents range from aphorisms to miniature essays, forming a unique record of his intellectual trajectory over his entire career.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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 builds on Colin Tyler's The Metaphysics of Self-realisation and Freedom (2010), although it can also be read as a freestanding work.

  • 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.

  • 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 the lenses of his ideas on religion, history, and tradition.

  • Lotteries in Public Life

    A Reader
    Peter Stone

    Until recently, there was no theory to make sense of lotteries and what they can do. The past few decades have changed that with a veritable renaissance of studies on lotteries. This book collects fourteen of the most important of these papers, and offers a critical introduction tying them together.

  • Against All Authority

    Anarchism and the Literary Imagination
    Jeff Shantz

    This volume examines historical and contemporary engagements of anarchism and literary production.

  • 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. It argues that the secret of the West's success is not Democracy, but Liberalism.

  • 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. The existing literature cites Leo Tolstoy as its most famous (sometimes even as the only) proponent, but there are many others. This book presents Christian anarchism to both the wider public and the wider academic community.

  • 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

    This volume contains two previously unpublished works, a manuscript entitled 'A Discussion of some Matters Preliminary to the Study of Political Philosophy', and the first version of a course of lectures on 'The Philosophical Approach to Politics' that Oakeshott gave between 1928 and 1930.

  • 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.

  • The Legacy of Leo Strauss

    Tony Burns

    This volume of essays opens up the topic of Leo Strauss and the Straussians to those outside the relatively narrow circles who have been concerned with him and his followers up to now.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. This book presents Christian anarchism to both the wider public and the wider academic community.

  • 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.

  • 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 and moral education, as shown by this volume.

  • 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 contributors.

  • 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.

  • 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 thought often engaged democratic theory implicitly, and many times did so explicitly.

  • 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

    This book marks the start of a daring new debate and re-introduces anti-democratic thought and practice to the academic discourse and into the syllabus. It wishes to offer a serious discussion of anti-democratic thought, rather than an apology of democracy.

  • Independent

    The Rise of the Non-aligned Politician
    Richard Berry

    Richard Berry traces the increase in independent MPs using case studies and interviews to test the theory that these are not isolated cases, but part of a permanent trend in British politics,a shift away from the party system in favour of independent non-aligned representatives of the people.

  • 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.

  • Liberty, Authority, Formality

    John Morrow

    The essays in this volume are all inspired by the historical scholarship of J.C. Davis. Davis's analyses of groups like the Levellers and individuals like Gerrard Winstanley and Oliver Cromwell has reoriented the inquiry around the contemporary moral themes of liberty, authority and formality -- around which concepts this volume engages.

  • 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 Greek Inheritance

    Ancient Greek wisdom for the digital era
    Yannis Andricopoulos

    The Greek Inheritance traces the conflict between Greek values and those of the repressive, religious or capitalist order throughout the millennia. The book is challenging and well-written with a light, humorous touch.

  • 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 Western democracies.

  • 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 history are important tools for understanding the political world in which we live.

  • 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 start that assessment.

  • 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’.

  • 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.

  • Great Immigration Scandal

    Steve Moxon

    This book 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, economics and psychology.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 — politicians are frequently compelled to be dishonest. They engage in benevolent lying because obstruction by stupid voters will otherwise stop them advancing the national interest as they see it.' So claims the author of this eye-opening book.

  • Darwinian Conservatism

    Larry Arnhart

    This book suggests that Darwinian biology sustains conservative social thought by showing how the human capacity for spontaneous order arises from social instincts and a moral sense shaped by natural selection in human evolutionary history.

  • 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 meaning and the armed forces should be scaled back accordingly.

  • Justice by Lottery

    Barbara Goodwin

    This book is about the virtues and social justice of random distribution. This revised second edition includes a new introduction.

  • 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 his conception of politics in the context of British postwar political thought.

  • 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.

  • 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 of understanding the world in terms of modality.

  • 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?

  • 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 Kingdom. This book critically analyses the Government's proposals.

  • Michael Oakeshott on Hobbes

    Ian Tregenza

    While many commentators have noted the importance of Hobbes for understanding Oakeshott's thought itself, this is the first book to provide a systematic interpretation of Oakeshott’s philosophy by paying close attention to all facets of Oakeshott’s reading of Hobbes.

  • 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.

  • 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 accepted that as much of civil life should be kept out of party politics as possible.

  • 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, there is no fundamental discontinuity between his earlier and later writings.

  • 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 properly limited legal authorities -- not one or another version of statism that serves justice best.

  • Last Prime Minister

    Being Honest About the U.K. Presidency
    Graham Allen

    In The Last Prime Minister the author shows the British people how they have acquired an executive presidency by stealth. It is the first-ever attempt to codify the Prime Minister's powers, many hidden in the mysteries of the royal prerogative.

  • Case Against the Democratic State

    An Essay in Cultural Criticism
    Gordon Graham

    We are now so familiar and accepting of the State's pre-eminence in all things that few think to question it, and most suppose that democratic endorsement legitimizes it. The aim of this book is to present a compelling argument against both presumptions.

  • 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.