Chapter

The Worker as Citizen

Michael Freeden

in Liberalism Divided

Published in print February 1986 | ISBN: 9780198274322
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599330 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198274327.003.0003
 The Worker as Citizen

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This chapter examines the impact of the post-war period on British liberal thought. Two characteristics of liberal social thought emerged from the war: the decreased amount of time and energy devoted to concrete proposals, and an emphasis on the role and importance of the industrial sphere as a prime arena for maintaining social well-being. This shift in focus resulted in two central and interconnected themes of inter-war liberalism: the place of the worker in a modern industrial society, and the rediscovery of the importance of power in the body politic.

Keywords: liberalism; Britain; liberal social thought; worker

Chapter.  13366 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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