This collection of essays in honour of political scientist Bernard Crick, follows his celebrated book "In Defence of Politics" and takes up many of the themes he addressed in it, including politics and freedom, pluralism and political action, tolerance, socialist commitment and democratic freedom, the protection of individual rights, community politics, political education, and "market order". The topicality of this book is clear, especially as Britain and the European Community set their political agendas for the rest of the century, and as the Labour Party and Liberal Democratic Party seek to redefine their current and future political roles following the 1992 general election.
Iain Hampsher-Monk: Introduction. Part One: Creating Politics John Hope Mason: Creativity in action: the background to Machiavelli's 'lion' and fox'. Sally Jenkinson: Rationality, pluralism and reciprocal tolerance: a re-appraisal of Pierre Bayle's Political thought. Part Two: Socialism and Politics Donald Sassoon: Socialism before 1914: final goals practical tasks. Royden Harrison: The Fabians: aspects of a very English socialism. Part Three: political Analysis in the Service of Politics Anthony Arblaster: The proper limits of pluralism. Preston King: Democracy: between majority rule and freedom of speech. Part Four: Sustaining Politics Adrian Oldfield: Political education. Susan Saunders Vosper: Bernard Crick's conception of the political: reflections on the relationship of a theory and a practice. Iain Hampsher-Monk: The individualist premise and the practice of politics. Part Five: Politics and Literature Christopher Taylor: Politics, poetry and pilgrimage. Geraint Williams: A bibliography of Bernard Crick. Notes on Contributors.