Harold Laski

A Political Biography
Author: M. Newman
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230376843
Category: Political Science
Page: 438
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Harold Laski (1893-1950) was perhaps the best known socialist intellectual of his era, with influence in the USA, India and mainland Europe as well as Britain. But he was always a controversial figure and his reputation has never recovered from the effort to discredit him that took place during the Cold War. This new biography argues that Laski has been misrepresented. It maintains that he dedicated his life to the quest for a just society, and that his thought remains highly relevant for our own times.

Harold Laski

a life on the left
Author: Isaac Kramnick,Barry Sheerman
Publisher: Viking Adult
ISBN: N.A
Category: Political Science
Page: 669
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Traces the life of Laski, one of the founders of the British Labour Party, and describes his accomplishments as an influential teacher and writer

Studies in Law and Politics


Author: Harold Laski
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351487752
Category: Political Science
Page: 332
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The essays that comprise Studies in Law and Politics are by and large academic. But Laski had a purpose in addition to the purely scholarly: he was eagerly pursuing possibilities for social and political change. Laski sought tirelessly for opportunities to act on those possibilities and, as is the case throughout his work, his academic and political purposes have no clear boundary between them.Studies in Law of Politics was published at a crucial juncture in Laski's ideological metamorphosis. During this period he had become increasingly worried that socialists might not be able to achieve the growth of working-class power. Although the essays contained in the volume cover a wide range of topics, and a wide span of time since the mid-1920s, he brought them into unity by a common approach. Though he does not make his unifying premise immediately evident to his readers, he clearly meant to chart the growth of power of those who had previously been without influence. His goal also was to identify the problems facing growth in a highly modernized society.Studies in Law and Politics reveals Laski's growing realization that the road to socialism might be more difficult than what he had believed when he wrote his pluralist works. The book reflects the mind of a thinker who was not content to write exclusively as an academic or a political activist. His view was that, while progressive reforms have been achieved in the past, they are not easily accomplished, and obstacles to further reforms should not be underestimated. This sober work offers much insight into Laski's intellectual development, as well as the times about which he wrote.

The Rise of European Liberalism


Author: Harold Joseph Laski
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9781412838764
Category: Political Science
Page: 287
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Beginning with the new worlds of the Renaissance and the Reformation, this book traces the growth of liberal doctrine through the advent of the French Revolution. It shows the relationship of liberalism to the emerging economic system of capitalism, and the impact of this relationship upon science, philosophy, and literature. Laski explains how the same causes which produced the socially active aspect of liberalism also inspired the growth of socialism. The contributions of men like Machiavelli, Locke, and Voltaire, the influence of the voyages of discovery, and the effect of the Puritan Rebellion are among the special topics discussed. The Rise of European Liberalism is a historical survey of the development of liberal thought, from its earliest whispers in early Protestantism to its significance in the "Red Decade" of the 1930s. Laski argues that liberalism as a philosophy came into existence with the rise of capitalism and thus functions primarily as an ideological defense of private property in a business civilization. Hence, liberalism's progressive side is doomed to defeat because, throughout its history, the bourgeois nature of the ideology has always prevailed. In the new introduction, John Stanley traces the history and influences of Laski's thought and provides a detailed analysis of Laski's work. The essay provides a coherent study in itself of why Laski is better remembered than widely read. The Rise of European Liberalism is a classic text that deserves rediscovery for historians, philosophers, sociologists, and political scientists of the present day.

The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History


Author: William D. Rubinstein,Michael Jolles,Hilary L. Rubinstein
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 1403939101
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 1069
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This authoritative and comprehensive guide to key people and events in Anglo-Jewish history stretches from Cromwell's re-admittance of the Jews in 1656 to the present day and contains nearly 3000 entries, the vast majority of which are not featured in any other sources.

Law, Society, and Economy

Centenary Essays for the London School of Economics and Political Science, 1895-1995
Author: Richard Rawlings,London School of Economics and Political Science
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198262282
Category: Law
Page: 385
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This centenary volume of essays explores a number of related themes which differentiate and characterize the approach of the LSE. Central to this, is the assumption that law is one of the social sciences and that law should be studied in context" as a social phenomenon. The contributors have been chosen both for their distinction and for their connection with the LSE, and include such eminent figures as Mrs Justice Arden, Judge Rosalyn Higgins, Sir Stephen Sedley, and Roberto MangabeiraUnger. The essays focus on three main subject areas: Law and Economy; Dimensions of Law; and Courts and Process which are discussed against the broader canvas of the School's approach to Law . Thus, Comaroff, Cohen, Unger and Teubner adopt an interdisciplinary approach to the subject, stressing both legal and social theory, while the contributions of Cranston, Cornish and others stress an internationalist approach. A characteristic LSE focus on the dynamic nature of law runs through the work of Collins, Higgins and Lord Wedderburn, while a reformist tradition (allied with concern for the practical) is explored alongside the introduction of new legal subjects into the curriculum. Fascinating and thought provoking, this volume is an accesible summary of current thought and debate presented by today's leading scholars and practioners. Law, Society and Economy will be of enduring interest to scholars and practioners worldwide, akin to Ginsberg's celebrated and widely cited volume of essays which marked the School's fiftieth anniversary."

Labour's Thinkers

The Intellectual Roots of Labour from Tawney to Gordon Brown
Author: Kevin Hickson,Matt Beech
Publisher: Tauris Academic Studies
ISBN: 9781845112080
Category: History
Page: 256
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Labour's Thinkers seeks to examine the key ideas emphasised by the twelve individuals whom the authors judge to have made the most significant development to the political thought of the Labour Party since the 1930s. Hickson and Beech argue the Labour Party is a party of values but often not of ideas. The number of people involved in the serious discussion of ideas in the Labour Party is relatively small and intellectuals are often viewed with suspicion in what is, or was, a party set up to represent the interests of the working classes. The formulation and development of ideas are therefore crucial to understanding the outcomes of the Labour Party's internal struggles and the basis of the party's appeal. Labour's Thinkers highlights influential and at times controversial figures involved in the battle of socialist ideas in the Labour Party, exploring concepts such as equality, liberty, community, power, the state, ownership and patriotism.

Reflections on the Revolution of Our Time


Author: Harold J. Laski
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780714615646
Category: Political Science
Page: 367
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First Published in 1968. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

A Grammar of Politics


Author: David A. Reisman,Harold Joseph Laski
Publisher: Pickering & Chatto Publishers
ISBN: 9781851962914
Category: Political Science
Page: 672
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Harold Laski: Problems of Democracy, the Sovereign State, and International Society


Author: P. Lamb
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1403978352
Category: Political Science
Page: 218
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Harold Laski, born in England at the end of the Nineteenth-century, is a theorist who helped shape political thought throughout much of the first half of the Twentieth-century. Primarily recognized for his contribution to the British pluralist tradition, arguing against state sovereignty and advocating devolution of political power to non-state organizations, Laski's latest writings focused on the relation between capitalism and the sovereign state. This book explores both Laksi's pluralist thinking as well as his later writings on the problems of maintaining and developing democracy and freedom both within and in the relations between capitalist societies. Lamb seeks to explore Laski's work on international politics and its continuing significance to the understanding of politics and the state today.

Communism


Author: Harold J. Laski
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780714615622
Category: Political Science
Page: 256
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First Published in 1968. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Dilemma of Our Times (Works of Harold J. Laski)

An Historical Essay
Author: Harold J. Laski
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317586344
Category: Political Science
Page: 274
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This book, originally published in 1952, unfinished and perhaps imperfect, is the last book of one of the most acute political thinkers of the twentieth century. Laski’s earlier optimism about a swing to the Left was beginning to be reversed, and in this volume he saw the defects of his previous optimistic surveys, which, in his opinion, still had value, but needed to be brought up-to-date and consquently he began to write an additional chapter which was never completed. It remains a valuable last word of an author who for thirty years was respected and listened to on the topic of civilisation’s survial through change.

Collected Works of Harold Laski: A grammar of politics


Author: Harold Joseph Laski,Paul Q. Hirst
Publisher: Taylor & Francis US
ISBN: 9780415161220
Category: Industrial policy
Page: 708
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Harold Laski And American Liberalism


Author: Gary Dean Best
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9781412824972
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 213
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For nearly three decades, the English political scientist Harold Laski was the gray eminence of American liberalism and its most influential Marxist public intellectual. Gary Dean Best traces the trajectory of Laski's American career and accounts for its ultimate failure.

Economics as Ideology

Keynes, Laski, Hayek, and the Creation of Contemporary Politics
Author: Kenneth R. Hoover
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742531130
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 329
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Economics as Ideology: Keynes, Laski, Hayek and the Creation of Contemporary Politics explores the lives and thought of three powerful theorists who shaped the foundations of the center, left, and right of the political spectrum in the 20th century. Noted scholar Kenneth R. Hoover examines how each thinker developed their ideas, looks at why and how their views evolved into ideologies, and draws connections between these ideologies and our contemporary political situation. Similar in age, colleagues in academic life, and participants in the century's defining political events, the story of Keynes, Laski, and Hayek is also the story of how we in the west came to define politics as the choice between government and the market, between regulation and freedom, and between the classes and the masses.

Political Thought in England from Locke to Bentham


Author: Harold J. Laski
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 1406815144
Category: History
Page: 124
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A study of the age which saw the crystallization of the party-system and representative government

Frustrate their knavish tricks

writings on biography, history and politics
Author: Ben Pimlott
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 417
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Observing America

the commentary of British visitors to the United States, 1890-1950
Author: Robert P. Frankel
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 318
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Beginning with Alexis de Tocqueville and Frances Trollope, visitors to America have written some of the most penetrating and, occasionally, scathing commentaries on U.S. politics and culture. Observing America focuses on four of the most insightful British commentators on America between 1890 and 1950. The colorful journalist W. T. Stead championed Anglo-American unity while plunging into reform efforts in Chicago. The versatile writer H. G. Wells fiercely criticized capitalist America but found reason for hope in the administrations of Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt. G. K. Chesterton, one of England’s great men of letters, urged Americans to preserve the vestiges of Jeffersonian democracy that he still discerned in the small towns of the heartland. And the influential political theorist and activist Harold Laski assailed the business ethos that he believed dominated the nation, especially after Franklin Roosevelt’s death. Robert Frankel examines the New World experiences of these commentators and the books they wrote about America. He also probes similar writings by other prominent observers from the British Isles, including Beatrice Webb, Rudyard Kipling, and George Bernard Shaw. The result is a book that offers keen insights into America’s national identity in a time of vast political and cultural change.

Reflections on American Exceptionalism


Author: David Keith Adams,Cornelis A. van Minnen
Publisher: Ryburn Pub.
ISBN: N.A
Category: Democracy
Page: 255
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This is the first collection of conference and other papers to be produced in the EPAH series of volumes. This selection has been shaped by the desire to provide internal cohesion around the theme of democratic republicanism as expressed domestically, reflected externally and articulated in particular foreign policy exercises. It includes 'The Turner-Thesis Revisited' (Jan Willem Schulte Nordholt), 'Concepts of Democracy and Republicanism in the Late-18th Century' (Colin Bonwick); 'Transatlantic Radical Liberalism' (Owen R Ashton and AlunMunslow); 'James Bryce and Harold Laski' (William R Brock); 'The Exceptionalist Syndrome in US Continental and Overseas Expansionism' (Serge Ricard); 'In the Name of Anglo-Saxondom, For Empire and For Democracy' (Anna Maria Martellone); 'Democracy Goes Imperial' (Sylvia L. Hilton); 'World War One and Wilsonian Exceptionalism' (Daniela Rossini); 'The Principle of Self-Determination of Nations and American Policy in the Region of Former Yugoslavia from Wilson to Roosevelt' (Ivan Cismic); 'The Myth of America in Poland from the "Empire of Liberty" to the "Empire of Liberation" (Zofia Libiszowska); 'The Gulf War and the New World Order' (Pierre Lepinasse); 'Soldiers and Citizens' (Manfred Berg') and 'Nationalism in International Law and Practice' (Knud Kracau).

Dictionary of Labour Biography


Author: Greg Rosen
Publisher: Politicos Pub
ISBN: N.A
Category: Political Science
Page: 664
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A unique source of reference, the Dictionary of Labour Biography brings together biographies of more than 300 individuals who have made significant contributions to the history of the Labour Party or the development of socialism in Britain.