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Urban Liberalism in Imperial GermanyFrankfurt Am Main, 1866–1914$
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Jan Palmowski

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207504

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207504.001.0001

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Liberal Social Policies

Liberal Social Policies

(p.206) 5 Liberal Social Policies
Urban Liberalism in Imperial Germany

Jan Palmowski

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines liberal social policies. The connection between liberalism and municipal socialism has often been commented upon. There has been an increasing trend to view the liberal realisation of municipal socialism as the German counterpart of liberal social reform in other countries, such as ‘New Liberalism’ in Britain. These observations, however, have been based largely on the measures taken by liberals in municipal government, without a corresponding analysis about the political context in which these measures were taken. The discussion shows for Frankfurt that there were three competing theories of municipal socialism. Those following the first conducted social enquiry and social policy in a non-political context. The second had a more paternalist and anti-socialist thrust and is without doubt the one which most municipal liberals in Germany subscribed to. The third was a progressive vision aiming to integrate workers socially and politically.

Keywords:   liberal policies, paternalism, social reform, municipal socialism, social enquiry, social policy, New Liberalism

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