Warning specifically against official moralistic rhetoric, the ignoring of civic demands, and hidden acts of power by anonymous governmental bureaucracies and lobbyists, F.M. Barnard uses an approach that blurs the boundaries of specialized fields of study in order to recognize the degree to which individual choice influences political force. He also shows how any attempt to achieve a balance between the state and society requires a developed political judgement and a measured view of what can be politically attained and demanded. A masterfully clear work that synthesizes centuries of political theory, Social and Political Bonds makes a powerful and well-reasoned case for the benefits of civic involvement and governmental cooperation.
F.M. Barnard is professor emeritus of political science at University of Western Ontario and the author of numerous books, including Reason and Self-Enactment in History and Politics: Themes and Voices of Modernity and Herder on Nationality, Humanity, and
Preface 1 Introductory Perspectives; 2 Status Identification: Class and Social Mobility; 3 Social Interaction: Conflict, Cooperation and Culture; 4 Political Development: Dynamics and Contexts; 5 Power and Political Authorization; 6 Electoral Choices: Parties and Governments; 7 Democracy: Scripts and Players; 8 Hidden Powers and Odd Allies: Lobbyists and Bureaucrats; 9 Political Mediation: Parts and Wholes (An Overview); 10 Bridging and Belonging: Concluding Reflections Index