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The roles and influence of political intellectuals : Tawney vs Sidney Webb

Hall, John A. (1977) The roles and influence of political intellectuals : Tawney vs Sidney Webb. The British Journal of Sociology, 28 (3). pp. 351-362. ISSN 0007-1315 ; E-ISSN: 1468-4446

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Abstract

"This paper is concerned with analysing the apparent orthodoxy that reforming intellectuals in Europe can be 'involved' in labour movements, that this will benefit their thought, and that (often unstated but nonetheless crucial) they will consequently gain some sort of political influence. This can best be done by treating the different approaches of Tawney and Sidney Webb as ideal type roles adopted by those political intellectuals who have been concerned with relations with the labour movement; this will enable us to suggest that the picture is more complicated than is allowed, to specify its element of truth, and to note that one role for the political intellectual may be preferred, perhaps morally, and certainly as likely to lead to greater political influence. Two limitations of the paper must be stressed. No attempt is made to establish a fixed definition of an intellectual. Secondly, the isolation/ involvement dichotomy is applied only to intellectuals linked to the labour movement; an analysis of figures such as Keynes and Beveridge presents different problems." - 2nd paragraph.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2015 17:13
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2015 17:13
URI: http://webbs.library.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/824

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