Eight years since The Orange Book: have the Liberal Democrats ‘reclaimed’ liberalism?
THE ORANGE BOOK, THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS AND ECONOMIC FREEDOM
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 21–26, June 2012
How to Cite
Papworth, T. (2012), THE ORANGE BOOK, THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS AND ECONOMIC FREEDOM. Economic Affairs, 32: 21–26. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0270.2012.002150.x
- Issue published online: 7 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 7 JUN 2012
- The Orange Book;
- economic liberalism;
Despite the Liberal Democrat's party heritage and despite the efforts of those who wrote The Orange Book, the party still has difficulty embracing economic liberalism. The state is often seen as benign or even virtuous and there is huge caution when it comes to taxation, public service reform and deregulation which results from other priorities being put before economic growth. Indeed, even some of The Orange Book authors have produced mixed results when they have had opportunities in the coalition government.