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Paul Spicker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447309086

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447309086.001.0001

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Government and public policy

Government and public policy

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(p.171) Part Six Government and public policy
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Reclaiming individualism
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Paul Spicker

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447309086.003.0007

Although some critics claim that only a limited or minimal government is legitimate, the scope of legitimate action in a democracy is determined by legitimate processes, and that scope can be wide. Liberal democracy is committed to protection and development of the rights of individuals. Once a government accepts that responsibility, it commits itself to expanding its role in the field of social protection; every democratic government has moved to develop a welfare state. Individualist principles commit governments to an extensive role in protecting individual rights, ensuring basic security and empowerment. Wherever there are shared objectives, universal standards, common interests or protection of excluded individuals, there will be a commitment to welfare.

Keywords:   State, Government, Welfare, Welfare state, Democracy, Liberal democracy, Individualism

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