David George Green

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David G. Green
Born (1951-01-24) 24 January 1951 (age 66)
Thetford, England, Flag of the United Kingdom.svg UK
Occupation CEO of Civitas, author

David G. Green (born 24 January 1951)[1] is the chief executive of the British think tank Civitas, which he founded in 2000. He is an author who also writes for British newspapers,[2] including The Sunday Times, The Times, the Daily Mail, the Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Telegraph, and taken part in broadcast programmes such as Newsnight, the Moral Maze and Today. He has made occasional contributions to the Guardian’s Comment is Free site,[3] and he has contributed pieces to Daily Telegraph news blogs.[4]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Thetford, England in 1951 and brought up in Norfolk and Lancashire. He attended the state-run boarding grammar school, Wymondham College, from 1962 until 1969 and worked in manufacturing industry for a few months before going to university.

Education and Career[edit]

He was an undergraduate at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne from 1970 to 1973 and remained there for his PhD. He was a Labour councillor in Newcastle upon Tyne from 1976 until 1981 before leaving the UK from 1981 to 1983 to work as a Research Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra. He worked at the Institute of Economic Affairs from 1984, and was Director of its Health and Welfare Unit from 1986 to 2000. He has been the chief executive of the think tank Civitas from 2000 to the current day.

His work has received public recognition. His book, Community Without Politics (London, IEA, 1997) was awarded the Sir Anthony Fisher Memorial Prize in 1997.[5] In 2004 he was voted one of Britain’s top 100 British intellectuals by readers of Prospect Magazine.[6] And in 2009 he was included on the Evening Standard’s list of the 1,000 most influential Londoners.[7] His 1993 book, Reinventing Civil Society has been translated into Chinese[8] and Russian.[9]


  • Green, David, Power and Party in an English City, Allen & Unwin, 1980
  • Green, David and Cromwell, Larry, Mutual Aid or Welfare State, Allen & Unwin, 1984
  • Green, David, Working Class Patients and the Medical Establishment, Temple Smith/Gower, 1985
  • Green, David, The New Right: The Counter Revolution in Political, Economic and Social Thought, Wheatsheaf, 1987
  • Green, David, Reinventing Civil Society, IEA, 1993
  • Green, David, Community Without Politics: A Market Approach to Welfare Reform, IEA, 1996
  • Green, David, Benefit Dependency: How Welfare Undermines Independence, IEA, 1998
  • Green, David, An End to Welfare Rights: The Rediscovery of Independence, IEA, 1999
  • Green, David and Casper, Laura, Delay, Denial and Dilution, IEA, 1999
  • Green, David, Stakeholder Health Insurance, Civitas, 2000
  • Green, David, 'The Neo-Liberal Perspective' in The Student's Companion to Social Policy (2nd ed, Blackwell, 2003).
  • Green, David, Grove, Emma and Martin, Nadia, Crime and Civil Society: Can we become a more law-abiding people?, Civitas, 2005
  • Green, David, We're (Nearly) all Victims Now: how political correctness is undermining our liberal culture, Civitas, 2006
  • Green, David, Individualists Who Co-operate: Education and welfare reform befitting a free people, Civitas, 2009
  • Green, David, Prosperity With Principles: Some Policies For Economic Growth, Civitas, 2010


  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian. London: Guardian News & Media: 35. 24 Jan 2014. 
  2. ^ "David Green". journalisted.com. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  3. ^ "David Green". London: The Guardian. 2008-03-20. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  4. ^ "David Green – Telegraph Blogs". London: Blogs.telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  5. ^ "1997 Fisher Award Winners – The Atlas Network (News)". Atlasnetwork.org. 1997-04-25. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  6. ^ http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/2004/08/topintellectualstheresults/
  7. ^ http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23562895-society.do
  8. ^ http://book.douban.com/subject/6023234/
  9. ^ http://atlasnetwork.org/networknews/2009/05/reinventing-civil-society-by-david-green-out-in-russian/

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