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Tocqueville, Democracy and Social Reform


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Michael Drolet
      Pages 1-15
  3. Society, Economy and Democracy

  4. Democracy and Social Reform

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Michael Drolet
      Pages 115-134
    3. Michael Drolet
      Pages 161-173
  5. Democracy and Social Reform

  6. Conclusion

    1. Michael Drolet
      Pages 231-237
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 238-310

About this book


Alexis de Tocqueville is best known as the author of Democracy in America and The Ancien Régime and the Revolution . Yet among his contemporaries he was also esteemed for his brilliant investigations on social issues such as prison reform, pauperism and the plight of abandoned children. This study explores the intellectual and social context of these neglected yet startlingly innovative writings and it reveals how they proved central to the composition of those works for which Tocqueville is best known.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of History Royal HollowayUniversity of LondonRoyal HollowayUK

About the authors

MICHAEL DROLET lectures in the History of Political Thought at the Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Bibliographic information


'Drolet has provided an admirably focused account of Tocqueville's central dilemma.' - Ceri Crossley, Modern & Contemporary France