People J. F. Huntington

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sovereignty

Sovereignty: An Inquiry into the Political Good By Bertrand de Jouvenel
Translated by J. F. Huntington
Foreword by Daniel J. Mahoney and
David DesRosiers

Political Thought

Who decides? Who is the Sovereign? What is a good act? In quest of answers to these vitally important questions, Bertrand de Jouvenel examines successively the nature and history of authority, the political good, the sovereign, and liberty. His concern is with “the prospects for individual liberty in democratic societies in which sovereignty purportedly resides in the whole people of the body politic.” His objective is a definition and understanding of “the canons of conduct for the public authority of a dynamic society.”

on power

On Power: The Natural History of Its Growth By Bertrand de Jouvenel
Foreword by D. W. Brogan
Translated by J. F. Huntington

Political Thought

Documenting the process by which government and controlling majorities have grown increasingly powerful and tyrannical, Bertrand de Jouvenel demonstrates how democracies have failed to limit the powers of government. Jouvenel traces this development to the days of royal absolutism, which established large administrative bureaucracies and thus laid the foundation of the modern omnipotent state.

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