This influential study, originally published in 1921, develops aspects of Laski's theory of the state, ideas he introduced in his first important publication, Authority in the Modern State (1919). According to Laski, 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 Foundations of Sovereignty 2. The Problem of Administrative Areas 3. The Responsibility of the State in England 4. The Personality of Associations 5. The Early History of the Corporation in England 6. The Theory of Popular Sovereignty 7. The Pluralistic State 8. The Basis of Vicarious Liability 9. The Political Ideas of James I