First published in 1956, Political Theory explores the historical development of political ideas and analyses some basic concepts of contemporary political theory, including the notions of the State, of Sovereignty and the Law.
The book is based on lectures in Political Theory given by the author, G. C. Field, in the universities at which he taught. It opens by considering the development of political ideas by providing an overview of the ideas current at the time of original publication in comparison to the ideas of earlier ages. It then progresses into a more detailed discussion of specific political theories. It will appeal to those with an interest in the history of political thought and developments in political theory.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1: Some Historical Preliminaries; 2: Some Historical Preliminaries; 3: Some Historical Preliminaries; 4: The State and Sovereignty; 5: The Law and Legal Sovereignty; 6: Forms of Government - Democracy; 7: The Case Against Democracy; 8: The Democrat's Answer; 9: The Conditions for Democracy; 10: The Machinery of Democracy - Representative Government; 11: The Party Sytem; 12: The State and Other Societies; 13: The State and the Individual - Individual Liberty; 14: Relations between States - Nationalism and Internationalism; 15: Conclusion - Politics, Economics, and Ethics; Appendix - Democracy, Ancient and Modern; Index
G. C. Field