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Vic George

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427069

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427069.001.0001

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Positive freedom and state welfare

Positive freedom and state welfare

T.H. Green (1836–82)

(p.233) Eleven Positive freedom and state welfare
Major thinkers in welfare

Vic George

Policy Press

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

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