The Orange Book: Reclaiming Liberalism
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|The Orange Book: Reclaiming Liberalism|
|Author||Paul Marshall and David Laws (editors)|
|Media type||Print (paperback)|
|Followed by||Britain After Blair|
The Orange Book: Reclaiming Liberalism (ISBN 1-86197-797-2) is a book written by a group of prominent British Liberal Democrat politicians, and edited by David Laws and Paul Marshall in 2004. Beside Laws and Marshall, contributors include Vincent Cable, Nick Clegg, Edward Davey, Chris Huhne, Susan Kramer, Mark Oaten, and Steve Webb.
In the book the group offers liberal solutions—often stressing the role of choice and competition—to several societal issues, such as public healthcare, pensions, environment, globalisation, social and agricultural policy, local government, the European Union and prisons. It is usually seen as the most economically liberal publication that the Liberal Democrats have produced in recent times.
Six years after the book's publication, the Liberal Democrats joined with the Conservatives to form a coalition government. Three of the five Liberal Democrat members of the current Cabinet were contributors to this book: Vince Cable, Nick Clegg, and Edward Davey.
David Laws was involved in the negotiations to form the coalition, and was in the initial line up of the coalition Cabinet from 12 to 29 May 2010.
Chapters and contributors
- "Reclaiming Liberalism: a liberal agenda for the Liberal Democrats" - David Laws
- "Liberalism and localism" - Edward Davey
- "Europe: a Liberal future" - Nick Clegg
- "Global governance, legitimacy and renewal" - Chris Huhne
- "Liberal economics and social justice" - Vince Cable
- "Harnessing the market to achieve environmental goals" - Susan Kramer
- "UK health services: a liberal agenda for reform" - David Laws
- "Tough Liberalism: a liberal approach to cutting crime" - Mark Oaten
- "Children, the family and the state: a liberal agenda" - Steve Webb and Jo Holland
- "Pension reform: a settlement for a new century" - Paul Marshall
Orange Book liberalism is a liberal ideology, mostly within the Liberal Democrats, which seeks to balance the four main strands of liberal thought—social liberalism, economic liberalism, cultural liberalism, and political liberalism.
"Orange Booker" is now a well-used term for identifying Liberal Democrats who adhere more strongly to economic and personal liberal principles, compared to those who more strongly identify with left-wing beliefs, such as members of the Social Liberal Forum or the Beveridge Group. Many "Orange Bookers" are currently in key leadership roles within the Liberal Democrats, including Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
- Review by Jonathan Calder, originally published in Liberator 298, September 2004.
- Liberator 298 The complete September 2004 edition of Liberator, containing three contrasting reviews of the Orange Book written by leading party commentators at the time the book was first published.
- Guardian (2006): The future's bright, but is it orange?
- BBC (2008): Clegg's orange revolution