The Future of Government

  • Bernard Crick
Part of the Studies in Comparative Politics book series (STCP)


Having been so sweeping about the past, let us at least mention the most common theories about the future. Enough has been said to show that many of the things in government, good and bad, that we think of as distinctively modern have, in fact, a long and relevant history. But what is distinctively modern are rapid rates of change. Industrialisation as such has had less effect on both forms and aims of government than the general modern idea that change can be deliberately pursued for the better. All sorts of changes, however, are taking place in all sorts of directions at once, some contradictory, some irrelevant to each other but compatible, few without advocates, but none working out quite as their supporters intend.


Human Freedom Common Theory National Minority Relevant History Personal Liberty 
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© Government and Opposition 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard Crick
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  1. 1.Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonUK

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