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C. B. Macpherson and the Problem of Liberal Democracy

Jules Townshend


This sympathetic restatement of C. B. Macpherson's ideas provides an overview of Macpherson's theory of possessive individualism and critique of liberal democracy. The book suggests that criticism of Macpherson has been misplaced and asks whether his theories should now be given more prominence by political theorists. This is the first book to deal comprehensively with the issues surrounding Macpherson's work; previous studies have used him as a point of departure rather than the focus of detailed analysis, and none have included an overall assessment of his thought.

Keywords: C. B. Macpherson, possessive individualism, liberal democracy, political theorists, criticism of Macpherson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9781853312137
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781853312137.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jules Townshend, author