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Conceptualizing the State: Innovation and Dispute in British Political Thought 1880-1914

James Meadowcroft


This book is concerned with the way in which the concept of the state was invoked in British political argument between 1880 and 1914. Its central claim is that the decades bracketing the turn of the century witnessed a significant change in the prevailing terms of British political discourse — that the concept of the state, hitherto a relative stranger to British debate, emerged as a key component of the idiom in which critical reflection on politics was cast. The book surveys the ways in which the state was understood in this period, and also presents a detailed analysis of the conceptions o ... More

Keywords: British politics, state, Herbert Spencer, Hugh Cecil, Bernard Bosanquet, L. T. Hobhouse, J. A. Hobson, Ramsay MacDonald

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198206019
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206019.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Meadowcroft, author
University of Sheffield
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