The Pluralist State

The Political Ideas of J.N. Figgis and his Contemporaries

  • Authors
  • David┬áNicholls

Part of the St Antony's book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. David Nicholls
    Pages 1-17
  3. David Nicholls
    Pages 18-37
  4. David Nicholls
    Pages 38-55
  5. David Nicholls
    Pages 56-74
  6. David Nicholls
    Pages 75-95
  7. David Nicholls
    Pages 111-125
  8. David Nicholls
    Pages 126-135
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 136-190

About this book


This book presents a critical account of the political pluralism of Figgis, Laski and other English writers of the early twentieth century, indicating its whig roots in the previous century. Pluralists believed in liberty, preserved by power decentralised, and in group personality. Theories of sovereignty were rejected and a distinctive understanding of the state proposed. Pluralism is particularly relevant to a world where the omnicompetent state has increasingly been called into question and federal structures of authority are the order of the day.


English freedom liberty personality pluralism sovereignty state

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