Liberty, equality, fraternity

Paul Spicker

Liberty, equality, fraternity

Paul Spicker

Distributed for Bristol University Press

208 pages
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781861348418 Published September 2006 For sale in North and South America only
Paul Spicker’s new book takes the three founding principles of the French Revolution - Liberty, Equality, Fraternity - and examines how they relate to social policy today. The book considers the political and moral dimensions of a wide range of social policies, and offers a different way of thinking about each subject from the way it is usually analysed. The book is in three main parts, one part devoted to Liberty, Equality and Fraternity in turn. Each part explores the elements and dimensions of the key concept, its application to policy, its interrelationship with the other two principles, and how policies have developed to promote the principle in society. The conclusion outlines three models of radical politics, based on the main concepts. Liberty, equality, fraternity is an original, thought-provoking book, addressing perennial themes with many topical examples drawn from policy in practice, and offering distinctive insights into socialist and radical thinking.


Notes on the author


      Social welfare

Part One: Liberty

1 Liberty

      Negative freedom

      Positive freedom

      Personal autonomy

      Individual and social concepts of freedom

      Arguments against liberty

      Liberty in theory: an overview

2 Towards a free society

      A free society

      Creating the conditions for liberty

      Freedom and the welfare state

Part Two: Equality

3 Equality

      The meaning of equality


      Arguments for inequality

      Equality of what?

      Equality and social justice

      Individual and social equality

      Equality and freedom

      Equality in theory: an overview

4 Towards equality

      Policies for equality

      Equality and redistribution

      Approaches to equality and egalitarian policies

      Towards an equal society

Part Three: Fraternity

5 Fraternity and solidarity


      Collective action


      Mutual responsibility and aid


      The common good

      Social responsibility

      The case against solidarity

      Solidarity and equality

      Solidarity and freedom

      Fraternity and solidarity in theory: an overview

6 The inclusive society

      Solidarity in practice

      Promoting social solidarity

      Solidarity and social welfare

      The inclusive society

Conclusion: radical politics

      Radical politics: three models

      The political opposition


Subject index

Index of names

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