Reclaiming Individualism reviews the scope of individualist approaches to public policy, considering how they shape contemporary policy practices. It argues for a concept of individualism based on rights, human dignity, shared interests, and social protection, providing a thorough analysis and classification of individualism as applied to social and public policy. An important resource for those working or studying in these fields, it is a powerful restatement of some of the key values that led to the establishment of individualism as such a strong social force.
About the Author
Paul Spicker is Grampian Chair of Public Policy at the Robert Gordon University and is the author of several books, including How Social Security Works, also published by the Policy Press.
"A book with much relevance for students and scholars of social and public policy and, indeed, for anyone who wishes to understand more about the dominant paradigms of public policy."
— Rod Hick, Cardiff University
“A most thorough exploration of a wide variety of issues related to ‘the individual’ as an idea in social policy discussion.”
— Citizen’s Income Newsletter 2015
“A useful exploration of the differing approaches within the individualist tradition, bringing together discussion of the whole field of individualistic thought and public policy.”
— David Hirst, University of Bangor
"Reclaiming individualism is fantastically interesting. It raids an enormous range from across disciplines, and is the product of some very hard thinking and some provocative analysis."
— Michael Moran, University of Manchester