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The Transformation of American Liberalism

George Klosko


With passage of the Social Security Act, in 1935, the American government took on new social welfare functions, which have expanded ever since. As a work of political theory “on the ground,” The Transformation of American Liberalism explores the arguments American political leaders used to justify and defend social welfare programs since the Social Security Act. Students of political theory note the evolution of liberal political theory between its origins and major contemporary theorists who justify the values and social policies of the welfare state. But the transformation of liberalism in A ... More

Keywords: liberalism, welfare state, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Social Security, Medicare, rights, new liberalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199973415
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199973415.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Klosko, author
Professor of Politics, University of Virginia