In The Name of Liberalism: Illiberal Social Policy in the USA and Britain

Paperback | September 1, 1999

byDesmond King

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Why have British and North American governments adopted illiberal social policies during this century? In the Name of Liberalism investigates examples of social policy in Britain and the United States that conflict with liberal democratic ideals. The book examines the use of eugenic argumentsin the 1920s and 1930s, the use of work camps in the 1930s as a response to mass unemployment and the introduction of work-for-welfare programs since the 1980s. The book argues that existing accounts of American and British political development neglect how illiberal social policies are intertwined in the creation of modern liberal democratic institutions. Such policies are, paradoxically, justified in terms of the liberal democratic framework itself. Inthe light of the books research, the author suggests that there is a need to know more about the internal workings of democracies to justify the claim that liberal democracy represents the most attractive set of political institutions.

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Why have British and North American governments adopted illiberal social policies during this century? In the Name of Liberalism investigates examples of social policy in Britain and the United States that conflict with liberal democratic ideals. The book examines the use of eugenic argumentsin the 1920s and 1930s, the use of work camp...

Desmond King is a Professor of Politics and a Fellow of St John's College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198296290

ISBN - 13:9780198296294

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Table of Contents

PART 1. POLITICS, POLICY MAKING AND IDEAS.1. Liberalism and Illiberal Social Policy2. Liberal Democracy and Policy-Making: Knowledge and the Formation of Social PolicyPART 2. LIBERAL UNREASON3. Cutting off the Worse: Voluntary Sterilisation in Britain in the 1930s4. The Gravest Menace?: Eugenics and American Immigration PolicyPART 3. LIBERAL AMELIORATION AND COLLECTIVISM5. Reconditioning the Unemployed: the Labour Camps in Britain6. This Kind of Work Must Go On: The US Civilian Conservation CorpsPART 4. THE LIBERAL COERCIVE CONTRACT7. Aroused Like One From Sleep: From New Poor Law to Workfare in Britain8. A Second Chance, Not a Way of Life: Welfare as Workfare in the USPART 5. COONCLUSION9. The Future of Social Citizenship

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`well-researched'Kent Worcester, Political Science Quarterly