The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Authoritarianism
This book explores the historical and contemporary relationships of Protestant Puritanism to political and social authoritarianism. It focuses on Puritanism’s original, subsequent and modern influences on and legacies in political democracy and civil society within historically Puritan Western societies. There is emphasis on Great Britain and particularly America, from the 17th to the 21st century.
Focuses on the political and social Puritanism in Anglo/American/Australian governmentShows how supposed liberal democracies are currently and historically not soUses a Weberian model for methodology and analysisNew arguments about Puritanism's links to political and social authoritarianism rather than, as in the old arguments, with political democracy and free civil societyNew or retrieved (previously neglected) historical and empirical evidence documenting Puritanism's links with authoritarianismNew interpretations of existing historical material about Puritanism in relation to democracy and civil societyNew arguments about and new interpretations of contemporary empirical material concerning Puritanism and its legacies in modern society ushering in the 21st century