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The Unservile State

Essays in Liberty and Welfare, 1st Edition

By George Watson


320 pages

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Originally published in 1957, The Unservile State looks at the theme of liberty in the Welfare State. Has it survived Welfare – is it even better for it? What of Parliament and our civil liberties? Does the present state of property distribution, of industry, agriculture and our social services satisfy the Liberal mind? And what would a liberal policy for foreign and Commonwealth affairs be like? These are some of the questions which this book sets out to answer. It is the first full scale study of the attitudes and policies of contemporary British Liberalism.

Table of Contents


Book I: The Liberal Outlook

1. Liberty and Welfare

2. The Reform of Parliament

3. Civil Liberties

4. Property and Equality

Book II: Liberty in the Welfare State

5. Welfare in the Liberal State

6. The Geography of Liberty

7. Education

Book III: The Economics of Liberty

8. The Dynamics of Progress

9. Relations in Industry

10. Monopoly

11. Agriculture

Book IV: The International Setting

12. Britain in the World

13. Colonies to Commonwealth

14. The Challenge of Liberalism


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Welfare and the State

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1940 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of welfare and the state, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines the concepts of welfare in relation to the state through the areas of policy making, social administration, class division and social inequality, social policy and privatization, whilst also exploring the general principles and practices of the welfare state in various countries. This set will be of particular interest to students of sociology, politics, economics, social work respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General