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Title: Democracy and the liberal state
Author: Lawrence, P. K.
ISNI:       0000 0000 8081 9892
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 1982
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This dissertation concerns the inter-relationship between liberal theory and the political culture and practices of liberal societies. It seeks to show that liberal principles are inadequate as a basis tor social identity and political integration. Thus aspects of other cultures have,been added to liberal culture to make liberal society more cohesive. However, following the arguments of Bell and Habermas it is possible to demonstrate a process where the tunctionally necessary elements of traditional culture are destroyed by developments in capitalist evolution. This is highly significant politically because the state's attempts to ward off an economic crisis is central in the process of the destruction of tradition. In turn the greatest danger to the state is an expansion of democracy which would pulblicise questions of allocation. Hence the thesis examines the mechanisms which keep the conflict between capitalist and democratic principles latent. I conclude that ultimately capitalism is more likely to accept a high level of economic dislocation than initiate a process which might democratise economic distribution. Accordingly a sub-theme of the dissertation is that there is no direct relationship between economic and political crises and that political conservatism today is essentially an attempt to disengage the two. In this regard a liberal political culture is especially useful.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Political science