Liberal

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Liberal may refer to:

Politics[edit]

  • Liberalism, a political ideology
    • Classical liberalism, a political or social philosophy advocating the freedom of the individual, parliamentary systems of government, nonviolent modification of political, social, or economic institutions to assure unrestricted development in all spheres of human endeavor, and governmental guarantees of individual rights and civil liberties.
    • Conservative liberalism, a variant of liberalism, combining liberal values and policies with conservative stances, or, more simply, representing the right-wing of the liberal movement
    • Economic liberalism, the ideological belief in organizing the economy on individualist lines, such that the greatest possible number of economic decisions are made by private individuals and not by collective institutions.
    • Social liberalism, the belief that liberalism should include social justice and that the legitimate role of the state includes addressing issues such as unemployment, health care, education, and the expansion of civil rights
  • An adherent of a Liberal party
  • Liberal democracy, a form of government based on limited majority rule
  • Liberal Democratic Party, a common name for political parties around the world
  • Liberalism (international relations), a theory of international relations
  • European liberalism
  • In the US, "liberalism" can refer to either or both of the following:
  • See also Liberalism by country

Economics[edit]

  • Laissez-faire, an economic environment in which the government limits itself to enforcing private property rights and transactions between private parties are free from tariffs, government subsidies, and enforced monopolies
  • Neoliberalism, a contemporary free-market political-economic philosophy
  • Ordoliberalism, a German variant of neoliberalism that emphasises the need for the state to ensure that the free market produces results close to its theoretical potential

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