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The Individual and the State

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 09 December 1951

This year's Reith Lecturer is British lawyer Lord Radcliffe. He was Director-General of the Ministry of Information during the Second World War, and is most famous for his role in Partition, the division of the British Indian Empire, His work led directly to the creation of Pakistan and India as independent nations. He examines the features of democratic society, and considers the problematic notions of power and authority in his series of seven Reith Lectures entitled 'Power and the State'.
In his penultimate Reith lecture, entitled 'The Individual and the State', Lord Radcliffe considers the role of the individual in the democratic state, and examines how philosophers including Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Jeremy Bentham have defined the 'will of the people'.

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