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Life Chances: Approaches to Social and Political Theory

Life Chances: Approaches to Social and Political Theory

By Ralf Dahrendorf

University of Chicago Press, 1980, 181 pp.

In a brief book the Director of the London School of Economics and former EEC Commissioner addresses large questions on the meaning of history, the "legitimacy" of political power in contemporary societies, and the erosion of the postwar consensus in the Western democracies, and introduces the concept of "life chances"-expanding opportunities for individual choice and growth-as a measure of social change. As the level is one of high theory, clues to his thinking on current international matters are indirect and far between.