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9. Pluralism and Political Economy in Interwar Britain: G. D. H. Cole on Economic Planning

verfasst von : Carlos Eduardo Suprinyak

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Abstract

Pluralist political philosophy offered a popular alternative to the extremes of individualism and collectivism in early-twentieth century Britain. Positing the existence of multiple political allegiances, pluralism questioned the notion of state sovereignty by advocating that other associational forms should be recognized as legitimate sources of political power. In an age of increasing state intervention in economic affairs, however, this fragmentation of power concerned political economy as well. The paper explores the interplay between political claims for a weaker state and economic claims for a stronger state through a case study of G. D. H. Cole, an advocate of guild socialism and prolific writer on economic planning. Cole envisioned state-led economic planning as a transitional device for developing the communal loyalties necessary for democratic industrial self-management.

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Fußnoten
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For a recent argument in defense of a cross-disciplinary history of the social sciences during the twentieth century, see Backhouse and Fontaine (2018).
 
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The cause had been brought to the center of public discussion by a 1908 legal decision forbidding the Railway Servants Union from charging a contribution to the British Labour Party from its members. Building on other contemporary disputes concerning the freedom of activities for churches and religious groups, this gave rise to a broader political agitation in defense of the autonomy of voluntary associations (Stears 2002, 91–92).
 
3
Before finally resigning from the Fabian Society in 1915, Cole and some of his associates had in fact attempted to take it over for the guild socialist cause (Carpenter 1973, 28–32).
 
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Metadaten
Titel
Pluralism and Political Economy in Interwar Britain: G. D. H. Cole on Economic Planning
verfasst von
Carlos Eduardo Suprinyak
Copyright-Jahr
2021
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-47102-6_9