"In ten essays, the scholars disentangle and explain theoretical development and the contemporary social impact of these strands of liberalism on the liberal polities of Great Britain and the US. The diversity of pluarlism's challenges to liberalism are carefully dissected, with special attention to the nuances and idiosyncrasies of key thinkers...This collection of well-reasoned, well-argued essays is not for the theoretically timid." -J.R. Pottenger, University of Alabama in Huntsville, CHOICE
Pluralism is among the most vital intellectual movements of the modern era. This book provides the first history of twentieth-century pluralist thinking. It explores liberal, socialist and empirical ideas about diversity, showing how pluralists challenged homogenous nations and sovereign states, often promoting sub-national groups as potential sites of self-government.