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The State in Theory and Practice

The State in Theory and Practice

By Harold J. Laski

Viking, 1935, 299 pp.

The latest work of a well-known political theorist, analyzing the nature of the modern state with reference especially to the development of dictatorial forms and the evidences of class domination. The analysis is more satisfactory than the conclusions. The only defense against fascism, in the author's view, lies in a root-and-branch change in the present economic order, both nationally and internationally, all of which leads him to advocate a form of state lying somewhere in the grey area between socialism and communism. The book is written in the author's usual felicitous style. One of the important works of the quarter.