This classic text deals with a broad range of questions concerning the organisation and exercise of political power. Bottomore examines issues such as the idea of citizenship, the relation between society and the state, totalitarianism and nationalism.
Tom Bottomore was Professor Emeritus at the University of Sussex, where he was Professor of Sociology for seventeen years. He was a president of the British Sociological Association and of the International Sociological Association. He is the author of numerous books, including Between Marginalism and Marxism and Elites and Society.