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Reinventing the liberal agenda

Rachel S. Turner

in Neo-Liberal Ideology

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780748632688
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652792 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632688.003.0004
Reinventing the liberal agenda

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This chapter deals with the impact of neo-liberal ideas on national policy agendas in Germany, Britain, and the United States in the second half of the twentieth century. It looks at the attempts to overcome interventionism and to place liberal ideology at the heart of new policy proposals. In Germany, the chapter details the nature of ordo-liberalism and the rise of the Social Market Economy in the 1950s; in Britain, it explores the grassroots opposition within the Conservative Party in the 1960s and 1970s and the origins of the New Right; and, in the United States, the chapter examines the impact of neoconservatism on economic policy measures. Its main contention is that neo-liberalism in the post-war years did not represent one single strand of thought, but rather a heterogeneous movement of ideas. All exhibit similarities and represent a variation on a common doctrine: a distrust of the state.

Keywords: neo-liberal ideas; national policy; Germany; Britain; United States; ordo-liberalism; Social Market Economy; Conservative Party; neoconservatism

Chapter.  13347 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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