An influential study of political power, originally published in 1917. Laski's theoretical ideas are elaborated through examples drawn from political and religious movements, such as the Catholic Revival and the creation of the German Empire. He concludes that the state is not a supreme entity; it is one association among many that must compete for the people's loyalty and obedience.
1. The Sovereignty of the State Chapter 2. The Political Theory of the Disruption 3. The Political Theory of the Oxford Movement 4. The Political Theory of the Catholic Revival 5. De Maistre and Bismarck