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

Desmond King


King investigates historical examples of social policies that conflict with liberal democratic precepts by treating some individuals differently than others. His central thesis is that existing accounts of American and British political development neglect how and why illiberal elements are intertwined in the creation of modern liberal democratic institutions. King argues that such elements are explicable in terms of the liberal democratic framework itself and thus illustrate paradoxical features of these polities; in his view, measures promoted ‘in the name of liberalism’ permit and, indeed, ... More

Keywords: Britain, citizenship, democracy, eugenics, government, liberalism, social policy, USA, welfare reform, work camps

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198296294
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198296290.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Desmond King, author
St John's College, Oxford
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