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Positive freedom and state welfare

Vic George

in Major thinkers in welfare

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9781847427069
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302728 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427069.003.0011
Positive freedom and state welfare

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This chapter discusses the ideas of T.H. Green, which helped fill the gap of government intervention in public affairs. It begins by examining the concept of positive freedom, which can be found in the centre of Green's political theory. This is followed by a discussion of the common good, the interventionist state, and gender equality. Liberal and democratic socialism are discussed in the latter portion of the chapter. The chapter concludes that Green's ideas helped contributed to the emergence of the welfare state in Britain, both directly and indirectly.

Keywords: T.H. Green; government intervention; positive freedom; political theory; common good; liberal socialism; welfare state; interventionist state; gender equality

Chapter.  10423 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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