Political Ideas in Modern Britain

In and After the Twentieth Century

Author: Rodney Barker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134910665

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

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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.

Political Discourse in Early Modern Britain

Author: Nicholas Phillipson,Quentin Skinner

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521392426

Category: History

Page: 444

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Inspired by the work of intellectual historian J. G. A. Pocock, this 1993 collection explores the political ideologies of early modern Britain.

The Language of Progressive Politics in Modern Britain

Author: Emily Robinson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137506644

Category: History

Page: 308

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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’.

Race Politics in Britain and France

Ideas and Policymaking Since the 1960s

Author: Erik Bleich

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521009539

Category: Political Science

Page: 233

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Provides the first detailed historical exploration of race policy development in Britain and France.

Ideology and Politics in Britain Today

Author: Ian Adams

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719050565

Category: Philosophy

Page: 226

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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 will continue 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 two categories 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?

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

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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.

An Age of Risk

Politics and Economy in Early Modern Britain

Author: Emily C. Nacol

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400883016

Category: Philosophy

Page: 184

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In An Age of Risk, Emily Nacol shows that risk, now treated as a permanent feature of our lives, did not always govern understandings of the future. Focusing on the epistemological, political, and economic writings of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, David Hume, and Adam Smith, Nacol explains that in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Britain, political and economic thinkers reimagined the future as a terrain of risk, characterized by probabilistic calculation, prediction, and control. In these early modern sources, Nacol contends, we see three crucial developments in thought on risk and politics. While early modern thinkers differentiated uncertainty about the future from probabilistic calculations of risk, they remained attentive to the ways uncertainty and risk remained in a conceptual tangle, a problem that constrained good decision making. They developed sophisticated theories of trust and credit as crucial background conditions for prudent risk-taking, and offered complex depictions of the relationships and behaviors that would make risk-taking more palatable. They also developed two narratives that persist in subsequent accounts of risk—risk as a threat to security, and risk as an opportunity for profit. Looking at how these narratives are entwined in early modern thought, Nacol locates the origins of our own ambivalence about risk-taking. By the end of the eighteenth century, she argues, a new type of political actor would emerge from this ambivalence, one who approached risk with fear rather than hope. By placing a fresh lens on early modern writing, An Age of Risk demonstrates how new and evolving orientations toward risk influenced approaches to politics and commerce that continue to this day.

Ideas and Think Tanks in Contemporary Britain

Author: Michael Kandiah

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780714643014

Category: Political Science

Page: 216

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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.

Muslims and Political Participation in Britain

Author: Timothy Peace

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317931971

Category: Political Science

Page: 262

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This new volume showcases the latest research into Muslim political participation both in terms of electoral politics and civil society initiatives. Muslims play a prominent role in British political life yet what do we actually know about the involvement of British Muslims beyond the existence of a handful of Muslim MPs? What is unique about political participation in Muslim communities? All the major parties actively seek to court a ‘Muslim electorate’ but does such a phenomenon exist? Despite the impact that Muslims have had on election campaigns and their roles in various political institutions, research on this topic remains scant. Indeed, much of the existing work was couched within the broader areas of the participation of ethnic minorities or the impact of race on electoral politics. The chapters in this volume address this lacuna by highlighting different aspects of Muslim participation in British politics. They investigate voting patterns and election campaigns, civil society and grassroots political movements, the engagement of young people and the participation of Muslims in formal political institutions. Written in an accessible style, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of political participation and religious studies.

A History of Modern Britain

Author: Andrew Marr

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1429931019

Category: History

Page: 640

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A History of Modern Britain confronts head-on the victory of shopping over politics. It tells the story of how the great political visions of New Jerusalem or a second Elizabethan Age, rival idealisms, came to be defeated by a culture of consumerism, celebrity and self-gratification. In each decade, political leaders think they know what they are doing, but find themselves confounded. Every time, the British people turn out to be stroppier and harder to herd than predicted. Throughout, Britain is a country on the edge – first of invasion, then of bankruptcy, then on the vulnerable front line of the Cold War and later in the forefront of the great opening up of capital and migration now reshaping the world. This history follows all the political and economic stories, but deals too with comedy, cars, the war against homosexuals, Sixties anarchists, oil-men and punks, Margaret Thatcher's wonderful good luck, political lies and the true heroes of British theatre.

The Oxford Handbook of British Politics

Author: Matthew Flinders

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199230951

Category: Law

Page: 977

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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.

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: 2009

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'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'.

Neo-Liberal Ideology

Author: Rachel S Turner

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748688684

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

The Germ of an Idea

Contagionism, Religion, and Society in Britain, 1660-1730

Author: Margaret DeLacy

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137575298

Category: History

Page: 305

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Contagionism is an old idea, but gained new life in Restoration Britain. Germ of an Idea considers British contagionism in its religious, social, political and professional context from the Great Plague of London to the adoption of smallpox inoculation. It shows how ideas about contagion changed medicine and the understanding of acute diseases.