Manuel Colmeiro and the doctrinaire liberal justification of the public charity

Authors

  • Rafael Vallejo Pousada Universidad de Vigo

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1344/rhi.v23i54.21035

Keywords:

Charities, Social assistance, Social rights of citizens

Abstract

The central objective is to explain how Spanish liberalism justifies the social services as administration duties that are not born of citizens’ rights. One of the main ideologists of the liberal justification of Charities, defended as a public service, was the Galician economist and specialist in administrative law Manuel Colmeiro. His thought has an added value in this respect, in its ideological evolution from a relatively critical Catholic social liberalism until 1848 toward a liberalism that, from 1850 onwards, can be described as individualistic and doctrinaire. Colmeiro evolved from an integral concern for poverty and pauperism caused by industrialization until the disappearance of this moral concern about the distributional problems of industrialization, to focus on the groups of the helpless, the object of the narrow liberal healthcare system.

Published

2018-01-11

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Section

Articles