Raymond Plant is a philosopher and has written mainly on political.social and legal philosophy. At the moment he is completing a book on the Neo Liberal State and the Rule of Law based on the Boutwood Lectures to be published by Oxford University Press and will then commence a book on religion and liberal pluralism. He is also writing a book for Polity Press on Citizenship with Dr Selina Chen of H.M. Treasury. He also works on rights and has written a good deal on the foundations and scope of rights. This is a set of normative studies rather than rights as they appear in different legal codes in different jurisdictions. He is probably best known for his work on Hegel as a political, social and legal philosopher and for his work on conceptual issues to do with welfare particularly ideas such as needs, rights, obligations, community etc. His political interest have also brought in academic consideration. In 1993 he completed the writing of a set of three reports for a Labour Party Commission which he chaired on the electoral system and electoral reform and he retains interests in this. Between 200 and 2002 he Chaired the Fabian Society Commission on Taxation and Citizenship and wrote quite a bit of its report Paying For Progress.