Modeling behavior of modern and historically Liberal governments

The author describes a scenario by which nearly all western theories of “politics and administration” can be placed onto a sliding scale of modern or historical Liberalism. This is an interesting and straightforward method by which domestic and international government behavior can be modelled by. More specifically, American liberalism exists upon a continuum between the historical contexts of Hobbesian and Lockean perspectives on liberalism. The ebb and flow between these two concepts can be more broadly identified as the balance between freedom of the individual, and control of the central government. Upon the continuum of control, the idea of privilege emerges. It is understood that constitutional governments exist by social convention, and generally not by some ordained circumstances. Therefore, it is important to understand by which those that have and hold political power only do so by existing in a place of privilege, and therefore, can be rightly stripped of that power by a change in the place by which the society perceives itself on this arc of reform. The chapter illuminates the factors by which a society abides by the roles given to them by the central government, and what happens when the roles ascribed by this government are no longer appropriate or acceptable to the Individual.