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Harold Laski: Problems of Democracy, the Sovereign State, and International Society (Palgrave MacMillan History of International Thought) [Hardcover]

Peter Lamb

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June 12, 2004 1403965803 978-1403965806 1st
This book examines the political and international thought of Harold Laski (1893-1950). The early chapters discuss his socialist critique of politics within states, paying close attention to the turbulent environment of the early to mid-twentieth century. His ideas on democracy, rights, freedom and sovereignty are closely analyzed and clarified. The book goes on to discuss the way in which he applied many of his political ideas to the analysis of international politics. The final chapter investigates the contemporary significance of his work. Laski will be of interest to scholars today who explore the overlapping themes of political and international thought.

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"Lamb has provided an overdue retrieval, sympathetic but fair-minded, based on up-to-date research, of a historically important writer. He explains why Laski's many theoretical projects once attracted such interest and why they can still find some resonance in today's political world. Particularly innovative is Lamb's account of Laski's writings on international politics, largely ignored by earlier commentators. Lamb's study is a much-needed re-appraisal of a significant figure. He shows that many of Laski's concerns turn out to have much in common with those of present-day social democratic commentators - in particular the capacity of a state to effect social justice in conditions of global interdependence."
--Geraint Parry, Emeritus Professor of Government, University of Manchester, England

"Peter Lamb's study of this overly neglected thinker is a highly relevant recovery. This lucid, well-judged and sympathetic account of Laski's later thought on the 'myth' of the sovereign state is highly pertinent for cosmopolitan democrats, students of normative international relations and seekers of a genuinely radical 'third way'."
Jules Townshend, Department of Politics and Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University

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Peter Lamb is a politics instructor in the School of Politics, International Relations and the Environment at Keele University.

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