Ernest Barker

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Ernest Barker

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Sir Ernest Barker (September 23, 1874 – February 17, 1960) was a British political scientist. He became in 1928 Professor of Political Science at the University of Cambridge, being the first holder of the chair endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation. He received a knighthood in 1944.

From a working-class background in Woodley, Cheshire, he won a scholarship to the University of Oxford. He was a don at Oxford, and spent a brief time at the London School of Economics. He was Principal of King's College London from 1920 to 1927.

He married Olivia Stuart Horner in 1927.



  • Political Thought in England from Herbert Spencer to To-day: 1848-1914 (1915)
  • Greek Political Theory: Plato and his Predecessors (1918)
  • Ireland in the last Fifty Years, 1866-1918 (1919)
  • Britain and the British People (1942)
  • Reflections on Government (1942)
  • Principles of Social and Political Theory (1951)
  • Essays on Government (1951)
  • Social Contract: Essays by Locke, Hume, and Rousseau
  • The European Inheritance
  • The Politics of Aristotle
  • Age and Youth: Memories of Three Universities and the Father of Man
  • Character of England


  • Author and Book


  • Julia Stapleton (1994), Englishness and the Study of Politics: The Social and Political Thought of Ernest Barker

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