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Liberalism and the Welfare State: Economists and Arguments for the Welfare State

Roger E. Backhouse, Bradley W. Bateman, Tamotsu Nishizawa, and Dieter Plehwe

Abstract

The welfare state has, over the past 40 years, come under increasing attack from liberals who consider comprehensive welfare provision inimical to liberalism. Yet many of the architects of the post–World War II welfare states were liberals. Taking as examples three cases not often considered together—Britain, Germany, and Japan—this volume investigates the thinking of liberal economists about welfare. The first part explores the early history of welfare thinking, from the British New Liberals of the early twentieth century, to German ordoliberals and postwar Japanese liberal economists. This i ... More

Keywords: welfare state, liberalism, economics, ordoliberalism, neoliberalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190676681
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190676681.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger E. Backhouse, editor
Professor of the History and Philosophy of Economics, University of Birmingham

Bradley W. Bateman, editor
President, Randolph College

Tamotsu Nishizawa, editor
Professor of Economics, Teikyo University

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Front Matter

Introduction

Roger E. Backhouse, Bradley W. Bateman, Tamotsu Nishizawa, and Dieter Plehwe

I Varieties of Liberalism and the Early Welfare State: United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan

1 Liberalism and the Welfare State in Britain, 1890–1945

Roger E. Backhouse, Bradley W. Bateman, and Tamotsu Nishizawa

4 From New Liberalism to Neoliberalism

Tamotsu Nishizawa and Yukihiro Ikeda

II Neoliberalism and the Changing Understanding of the Welfare State

III Varieties of Neoliberalism: International Dimensions

Conclusion

Roger E. Backhouse, Bradley W. Bateman, Tamotsu Nishizawa, and Dieter Plehwe

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