A Treatise on Social Theory, Volume 3: Applied Social Theory by Walter Garrison Runciman PDF

By Walter Garrison Runciman

ISBN-10: 0521249600

ISBN-13: 9780521249607

The concluding quantity of W.G. Runciman's trilogy on social thought applies his conception and method to the case of twentieth-century English society. He exhibits how England's capitalist mode of construction, liberal mode of persuasion, and democratic mode of coercion developed within the aftermath of global warfare I from what they'd been because the Eighties, but didn't evolve considerably following global struggle II. His clarification demonstrates that a few monetary, ideological and political practices have been favourite over others in an more and more complicated surroundings, neither predictable nor controllable via policymakers.

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Orwell can be, and has been, accused of demystifying other people's descriptions of England only to misdescribe it in his own way in turn (Williams 1958, p. 283; Gloversmith 1980, pp. 10923). Nor do any of his readers need guidance from literary critics to be aware that he is sometimes more revealing about his own attitudes and beliefs than about those of the people whom he describes. But there could be no disputing that England was a society where a certain minimum of formal liberties had long been recognized.

First, they presuppose that these distinctively English sub-types could somehow overcome the constraints and contradictions which, on the evidence summarized in volume II, confront all authoritarian and socialist societies. Second, they have to counter the objection that even in their 'English' forms the programmes of the carriers, or would-be carriers, of either authoritarian or socialist practices never commanded the support of more than a small minority even of the members of those systacts whose interests would, at least in theory, have been advanced had they come to power.

Page 12 after 1979, when the Thatcher government, for all its pronouncements implying the contrary, was continuing to spend much the same proportion of the national income as its predecessors. The economic interests of British wage-earners might or might not be better served by tariff barriers and import substitution than by decontrolled markets and active international trade. But the conviction of Joseph Chamberlain and his supporters in the late-Victorian and Edwardian period that 'Free Trade was good for the foreigner but was bad for the English workman' (Semmel 1960, p.

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