Eight years since The Orange Book: have the Liberal Democrats ‘reclaimed’ liberalism?
CLASSICAL LIBERALISM IN THE LIBERAL PARTY SINCE 1886
Article first published online: 7 JUN 2012
© 2012 The Author. Economic Affairs © 2012 Institute of Economic Affairs. Published by Blackwell Publishing, Oxford
Volume 32, Issue 2, pages 6–10, June 2012
How to Cite
Davies, S. (2012), CLASSICAL LIBERALISM IN THE LIBERAL PARTY SINCE 1886. Economic Affairs, 32: 6–10. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0270.2012.002147.x
- Issue published online: 7 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 7 JUN 2012
- classical liberalism;
- free trade;
- think tanks
Although the Liberal Party has seen a clear shift towards social liberalism as its main philosophy since 1890 and has seen a series of defections to the Conservative Party, there has been a classical liberal element within the party throughout this period. Moreover, even when such people have left the Party they have typically not gone over to conservatism but have rather entered the world of think tanks and independent thought. Others have stayed in the party. This reflects the way that supporters of the ideas have rejected conservative social attitudes and have worked out a radical market position.