Cambridge History of 20th Century Political Thought by Terence Ball, Richard Bellamy

By Terence Ball, Richard Bellamy

This significant paintings of educational reference offers a finished review of the improvement of political notion from the past due 19th to the top of the 20 th century. Written by means of a uncommon staff of foreign individuals, this Cambridge historical past covers the increase of the welfare kingdom and next reactions to it, the fascist and communist reviews of and tried possible choices to liberal democracy, the radical types of political association occasioned by means of the increase of the mass voters and new social activities, many of the highbrow traditions from positivism to post-modernism that experience formed the examine of politics, the interplay among western and non-western traditions of political notion, and the problem possed to the kingdom by means of globalization. each significant subject matter in twentieth-century political notion is roofed in a chain of chapters immediately scholarly and obtainable, of curiosity and relevance to scholars and students of politics in any respect degrees from starting undergraduate upwards.

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Needs’ may therefore be thought of as ‘social’ and ‘individual’; as inter-dependent, mutually related essentials for the continued existence of the parts and the whole’ (Titmuss 1958, p. 39; Titmuss 1973, p. 223). Those ideational developments incurred a lengthy rethinking of welfare. Nor were they ever disentangled from each other, as major welfare theorists engaged all three categories of virtue, risk and need. The categories of both virtue and risk recognised the importance of group support and thus contained the germs of collectivism: the one through acknowledging socially desirable conduct; the other through sharing life’s uncertainties.

His American disciple W. G. Sumner had asserted that the social order ‘was fixed by laws of nature precisely analogous to the physical order. The most that man can do is by ignorance and self-conceit to mar the operation of social laws’ (Spencer 1969; Sumner 1914, p. 37; Taylor 1992; Hofstadter 1955b; Rimlinger 1971, pp. 48–9). The curtailing of welfare was notably linguistic as well as operational; the term was sharply delimited from ‘social security’, tending to be reserved for handouts for the poor, and designed as conditional gratuities – a phrase that was ideologically non grata – that came from general revenues.

175). Subsequently, Emile Durkheim – himself an advocate of the blend of mutually regulating centralised statism and decentralised associationalism endemic to French political culture – trod a similar path between social fact and moral prescription. Weaving theories of social solidarity and interdependence into a complex analysis of modern society, he proffered a scientifically based social morality for which French social reformers mustered considerable appeal (Stone 1985, p. 30), and from which later welfare theorists such as Titmuss were to draw.

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