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Title: The myth of functional representation : neo-corporatism, guild socialism, citizenship and the concept of function.
Author: Knight, Kelvin James Nicholas.
Awarding Body: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Current Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Date of Award: 1990
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Abstract:
This dissertation is concerned with criticizing the conventional concept of functional representation, and with outlining an alternative concept. The conventional concept of functional representation is criticized for the theoretical inadequacy of its constituent concept of social function, which -derives from apolitical and holistic assumptions. The alternative concept of functional representation is constituted in terms of purposeful associational action within plural societies. Part I includes a critique of neo-corporatist uses of the concept of functional representation, exploring works by Samuel Beer, Alan Cawson, and Charles Anderson. Part II includes a critique of various guild socialist uses of the concept of function elaborated by S. G. Hobson, G. D. H. Cole, R. H. Tawney, and, in particular, Ramiro de Maeztu. Part III outlines a model of functional membership of a purposeful association, using citizenship and the state as its subjects, in the process of which works by Lawrence Mead and certain English philosophical idealists are criticized. An Appendix summarizes some uses of the concept of function in international relations theory.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.392616  DOI: Not available
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