Essays, Moral, Political and Economic, Issue 4

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Edinburgh University Press, 1998 - Political Science - 113 pages
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In this timely and important collection of recent writings by a leading commentator, Sir Samuel Brittan expounds an individualist vision of liberalism which welcomes some of the New Labour policy initiatives, but rejects its communitarian rhetoric as well as its authoritarian echoes on the Right. This vision forms the context in which a number of current issues are discussed: the globalisation of the economy, the future of state-provided welfare, and the control of inflation among them. Sir Samuel does not limit himself to critical analysis of the past and the future: he sets out an agenda for the future in which are combined idealism and realism, frequently invoking the spirit and thought of David Hume himself.

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How liberals differ and what they ought
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About the author (1998)

Sir Samuel Brittan is a columnist at the Financial Times, for which he has been writing since 1966. His most recent books include Capitalism With A Human Face and Essays, Moral, Political and Economic. He is an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge; an Hon and has been visiting Professor at the Chicago Law School, a Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and an Honorary Professor of Politics at Warwick. He has been awarded the George Orwell, Senior Harold Wincott and Ludwig Erhard prizes and was a member of the Peacock Committee on the Finance of the BBC (1985-86). He was knighted in 1993 for "services to economic journalism" and also became that year a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur.

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