—My paper is dedicated to Bertrand de Jouvenel's
political thought. My present work frames his thoughts into
new theoretical paradigms.If we look at the critical literature
on Jouvenel, we realize that this thinker is commonly regarded
by his interpreters as a Liberal philosopher.This is the case for
instance of Olivier Dard who, in his work Bertrand de Jouvenel
(2008), emphasizes the similarities between Jouvenel’s thought
and that of Friedrich von Hayek. Jouvenel, in fact, was a
member of the Mont Pelerin Society
, an international
organization advocating for pro-market policies.This view has
certainly some truth, since in his major works,Du Pouvoir
(1945)and De la Souveraineté
(1955)he displays his conception
of history saying that it is part of the anti-statist tradition. My
essay aims at integrating this approach, illustrating the
connections between Jouvenel and some sociological thoughts.
—Democracy, history of sociological thought,
jouvenel, kornhauser, lasswell, pluralism, political theory.
Gabriele Ciampini is with the University of Florence, France (e-mail:
Cite:Gabriele Ciampini, "Is Bertrand de Jouvenel only a Liberal Philosopher? The
Relations between His Political Thought with the
Twentieth Century Sociological Thought," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 3, no. 5, pp. 448-452, 2013.