Kelly begins with an interpretive essay that examines the ways in which political theory has been practiced and explores the reasons for its transformation. The main body of the book comprises essays and selections from some of the greatest names in British political thought and political science, including Bosanquet, Hobhouse, Laski, Cole, Oakeshott, Berlin, Hart and Barry to Carole Pateman, Anne Phillips and David Miller, amongst contemporaries. The editor provides an introductory essay which locates the work of each great thinker in the unfolding of the practice of political theory in British universities in the twentieth century. The editor s selection and the interpretive essay demonstrate how the development of political theory follows the rise, transformation and challenge to the notion of the British state in the twentieth century.
1. British Political Theory in the Twentieth Century (Paul Kelly, LSE).
2. The End and Limits of State Action (Bernard Bosanquet, Deceased).
3. The State and the Individual (L.T. Hobhouse, Deceased).
4. The Great Leviathan (J.N. Figgis, Deceased).
5. Nationality (Ernest Barker, Deceased).
6. The Pluralistic State (Harold Laski, Deceased).
7. A Guild in Being (G.D.H. Cole, Deceased).
8. Liberty and Equality (R.H. Tawney, Deceased).
9. The Political Economy of Freedom (Michael Oakeshott, Deceased).
10. Are There Any Natural Rights? (H.L.A Hart, Deceased).
11. The Public Interest (Brian Barry, Deceased).
12. What s Wrong with Prostitution? (Carole Pateman, UCLA).
13. Dealing with Difference (Anne Phillips, LSE).
14. In Defence of Nationality (David Miller, Oxford University).
15. From Statism to Pluralism (Paul Hirst, Deceased).
16. The Logic of Intercultural Evaluation (Bhikhu Parekh, University of Westminster).