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Bernard Crick at the Political Quarterly: Half a Century of Political Engagement (Political Quarterly Monograph Series) Paperback – 20 Feb 2015
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From the Back Cover
This collection of Bernard Crick's writings compriseseverything he ever wrote for The Political Quarterly -articles, reviews, all assignable commentaries, and the firstchapter of his abandoned history of the journal - from thelate 1950s to 2008. The earliest pieces coincide with his arrivalas a new lecturer at the LSE, fresh from teaching in the UnitedStates and the publication of his first book The AmericanScience of Politics, and the collection follows his ideas, insights and preoccupations through his years as author of theclassic In Defence of Politics and his biography of Orwell, to his later work with the Home Office on citizenship and articleswritten in the last year of his life.
Within a few years of writing his first piece for the journal hewas one of its coeditors, working alongside the formidable foundingeditor William Robson. Retiring after a decade as coeditor, heserved for another twelve years as the first long-standing chair ofthe PQ board, and for a further seven years after that asthe journal's Literary Editor - a role originallyinvented for Leonard Woolf.
How was it that a person universally described in his 2008obituaries as ambitious, self-centred and personally difficultcould assume such an important role in the collective enterprise ofThe Political Quarterly? To a great extent, it was becausehis personal projects coincided with PQ's mission. Hisdrive pulled PQ along with him to their mutual benefit, andhelped to see the journal through a difficult period after itsfounding editors faded away. But he also had a lifelong and deepregard for his 'beloved' journal in its own right.
This definitive collection, unrivalled in its depth and span ofyears, shows Bernard Crick very much on his own terms, revelling inthe freedom offered by PQ's unique authorialenvironment. His writings cover such perennial (and PQ)issues as public policy, governance, parliamentary reform, education, citizenship, the fortunes of the Labour party, and theevolution of leftward politics in the UK.
Newly re-edited and with an Introduction by PQ'sAssistant Editor Stephen Ball, the collection reveals theintellectual and political development, as well as the wit andstyle, of one of the most intriguing public intellectuals of thepost-war period.
About the Author
Stephen Ball is Senior Lecturer at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, Oxford Brookes University and is Assistant Editor of The Political Quarterly.
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