THE NEW PUBLIC PHILOSOPHY – LOWIE
Reduction of capitalist ideology
Dialogue between the old and the new liberalism.
The old = conservatism
The mains issue: question of the nature of the government itself and whether expansion or
contraction of government best produced public good.
Expansion: new liberalism
There is no disagreement on 2 things :
The attitude toward government and social changes, this 2 attitudes are consistent and
Liberalismconservatism: empty debate
It became ritualistic
1960s & 1970s: new public philosophy, there is a decline of meaningful political adversary
Politic: question of equity more than morality. Adjustments became more important than the rule
Consequence: crisis of authority.
After the principle of positive government was established = dialogue made no sense
Liberalismconservatism: Public policies.
Government’s relation to social change does not appear to increase as government involvement.
Government is most effective and most frequently employed when something in society has been
worthy of preservation = this is why the notion of “maintaining public order” is more suitable
than humanitarianism or egalitarianism as the initial hypotheses for an inquiry into the nature of
The income tax: steeply progressive income tax is “liberal” both because it is governmental and
because it effects social change.
The social security: Social security programs in the USA are “liberal” only because there are
Farm policy: High price supports = supported by liberals.
The old public philosophy, drawn form the liberalconservatism dialogue became outmoded in
our time because elites simply no longer disagree whether government should be involved.
1960s1970s: American national government was capable of prompt response to organized
Consequence: the emergence crisis of public authority.
There are several names for this new public philosophy, but he most clinically accurate term to
capture the American variant of all of these tendencies interest groups is interestgroup
These assumptions are the basis of the new public philoso