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In the Name of Liberalism
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Table of Contents

PART 1. POLITICS, POLICY MAKING AND IDEAS.
1: Liberalism and Illiberal Social Policy
2: Liberal Democracy and Policy-Making: Knowledge and the Formation of Social Policy
PART 2. LIBERAL UNREASON
3: Cutting off the Worse: Voluntary Sterilisation in Britain in the 1930s
4: The Gravest Menace?: Eugenics and American Immigration Policy
PART 3. LIBERAL AMELIORATION AND COLLECTIVISM
5: Reconditioning the Unemployed: the Labour Camps in Britain
6: This Kind of Work Must Go On: The US Civilian Conservation Corps
PART 4. THE LIBERAL COERCIVE CONTRACT
7: Aroused Like One From Sleep: From New Poor Law to Workfare in Britain
8: A Second Chance, Not a Way of Life: Welfare as Workfare in the US
PART 5. COONCLUSION
9: The Future of Social Citizenship

About the Author

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

Reviews

`King provides a much needed corrective to unequivocal celebrations of liberal democracy in his masterly account of the development of twentieth-century social policies which clearly violate the liberal principles of equal treatment of individuals and personal freedom'
Work, Employment & Society, Vol 15, No.2, 2001
`significant observations about the nature of social policy and the environment in which it is determined'
Work, Employment & Society, Vol 15, No.2, 2001
`substantial and important ... well-written and informative'
Work Employment & Society, Vol 15, No.2, 2001
`scrupulous historical research and careful attention to political science theory'
Governance (Vol 14, 2001)
`remarkably broad scope and a rich grasp of both theoretical and empirical scholarship'
Journal of Political Ideologies (2001)
`superb'
Journal of Political Ideologies (2001)
`fascinating material'
Patrick Ireland, The Journal of Politics, Vol 63, Number 3
`penetrating and illuminating research ... King's study required a formidable research effort in which primary data from public records in Britain and the United States were consulted. The result is an oustanding contribution to our understanding of the liberal tradition and social policies in the two countries.'
Malcolm Shaw, Democratization, Vol.8, 2001
`grounded in solid documentary research'
Comparative Politics
`well-researched'
Kent Worcester, Political Science Quarterly
`This remarkably rich book ... adopts a sophisticated approach ... an excellent (and all too rare) example of combining social science analysis, major political and social issues and detailed empirical evidence to offer a fascinating and coherent study.'
Mark Thatcher, West European Politics, Vol.23, No. 4, Oct.2000.
`a major study ... draws on a remarkable range of primary and secondary material and is highly readable ... The breadth of the book, the issues it tackles and its findings make it an outstanding piece of research that will be widely read and appreciated.'
Mark Thatcher, West European Politics, Vol.23, No. 4, Oct.2000.
`A thoroughly researched and cogently argued work of comparative history of social policy. It is timely in a society concerned about 'welfare to work' and 'asylum seekers'.'
Michael Rose, The Economic Hist. Rev. Vol.LIII, No. 4, Nov. 2000.
`'Welfare to Work' is just one of several case studies used by Desmond King in this scholarly account of how seemingly liberal western democracies slip easily into 'illiberal' social policies targeted at certain of their citizens. The sweep and scope of King's book is wide as we might expect from a distinguished academic researcher. THe book is thoroughly researched, elegantly written, and acts as a useful source book for further study. Is it of value to
social workers or social work students? Unquestionably yes. This book should be compulsory reading for those social work students each year... who when asked in a seminar what they would do in a given
situation, simply reply 'At this point I'd ask my team leader''
Terry Thomas, British journal of Social Work Vol.30 No.2

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