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Reclaiming individualism: Perspectives on public policy

Paul Spicker


This book is about individualist ideas, and how they shape public policy.. It has been argued that individualism and the protection of individual liberty imply a greater emphasis on market economics, limits on the role of the state, respect for property rights and personal moral responsibility for one’s own situation. Those arguments have been used to justify a series of restrictive measures in public policy - individualised responses, choice-based policies, conversion of public services into market-based organisations and placing limits on the activity of government. This book argues for a v ... More

Keywords: Individualism, Welfare, Choice, Markets, Public services

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781447309086
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447309086.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Spicker, author