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“Button argues that ‘contract makes citizens,’ rather than vice versa. He provides no less than a reexamination of the major texts in social contract theory—including those of Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau—emphasizing the importance within this tradition of a ‘transformative’ and deeply educative project. An excellent book: fresh, original, clearly written and cogently argued, and based on an impressively wide array of sources. This book deserves a wide readership.”
—Stephen Macedo, Princeton University
“In a beautifully written, persuasively argued book, Button offers a new account of the modern liberal tradition of political thought.”
—D. Casson, Choice
Mark Button is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah.