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The free trade dilemma: the case of the Liberal Democrats

Craig Berry

in Globalisation and Ideology in Britain

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780719084881
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701850 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719084881.003.0006
The free trade dilemma: the case of the Liberal Democrats

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This chapter on the Liberal Democrats enables inquiry into whether liberalism in general, rather than its neoliberal offspring, is a stronger influence on globalisation discourse. The focus is on the Westminster-based national leadership. It focuses attention on the individuals most influential on the party's foreign economic policy stance and on British political culture more generally. It is also the case that the most relevant documents were published and indeed authored by the party headquarters in Westminster. This chapter shows that the globalisation concept clearly resonated with many of the Liberal Democrats' commitments in relation to foreign economic policy—particularly free trade, economic freedom and the marketplace and multilateralism.

Keywords: Liberal Democrats; liberalism; globalisation; Westminster-based party; foreign economic policy

Chapter.  10591 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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