Originally published in 1975, Ralf Dahrendorf’s Reith Lectures were an important contribution to public debate, exploring as they do the theme of the new liberty and being concerned to refashion liberalism to cope with the problems and tension of contemporary societies. The analysis covers endemic economic problems, such as growth, inflation and development, the complex nature of organizations, and the problems of political representation.

1. From Expansion to Improvement: Changing the Subject of History 2. The Liberal Option: A Conflict Between Potential and Reality 3. Justice Without Bondage: The Liberation of the Citizen 4. On Difference: The Small (And Sometimes Not So Small) Things Which Matter 5. The Improving Society: A New Lease of Life 6. Steps in the Right Direction.