chapter  3
Social Liberalism
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With the current of time, liberalism developed and changed. In the nineteenth century two new liberal ideologies emerged. In the case of social liberalism this was in large part a response to the rise of the “social question” of poverty, and the related emergence of the socialist movement. Social liberalism introduced a new perspective on the individual, aimed at the fulfillment of life’s promises, which demanded a more active role for the state. These developments occurred in several places at the same time such as in Britain, but also in countries such as France, Germany, 1 the Netherlands, and in America, where British thinkers were rather influential.