Political Theory

Liberty and Responsibility in Bertrand de Jouvenel’s “The Pure Theory of Politics”


This colloquium examined Bertrand de Jouvenel's The Pure Theory of Politics, published by Liberty Fund in 2000. Special attention was given to Jouvenel's understanding of human nature, the concept of political authority, the nature of political decision making, and the importance of political stability.


Conference Readings

de Jouvenel, Bertrand. "Government and Opposition." London School of Economics and Political Science 15 (Summer August 1980): 427-434.

Jouvenel, Bertrand de. The Pure Theory of Politics. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2000.