In this work, Alan Milne builds on the argument of his earlier book "Ethical Frontiers of the State" that limits on governmental action are to be understood in terms of humanistic social ethics. Here Milne considers the role of the market in politics, and in particular the relation of the market to the obligations of government to advance human wellbeing. Issues covered include contingency in politics, the command economy, capitalism, the welfare state, inequality, and representative democracy.
A.J.M. MILNE was, until his death in 1998, Emeritus Professor of Political Theory and Institutions, University of Durham. His books include Freedom and Rights, Human Rights and Human Diversity, The Right to Dissent, The Social Philosophy of the English Idealist and Ethical Frontiers of the State. - ROGER CRISP is Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at St Anne's College, Oxford. He is author of Mill on Utilitarianism, and editor of Utilitas. He recently published a new translation of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. - ALISTAIR MILNE, Alan Milne's son, is Senior Lecturer in Banking and Finance at City University Business School.