David George Green

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David George Green (born 24 January 1951) is director and founder of the right wing think tank Civitas. Before its establishment in 2000, he had been at the Institute of Economic Affairs since 1984, and Director of the IEA Health and Welfare Unit since 1986. He was a Labour councillor in Newcastle upon Tyne from 1976 until 1981, and from 1981 to 1983 was a Research Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra. [1]

In the past he has mainly been involved in campaigning for the privatisation of welfare and the NHS.

He is a Visiting Professor in the Department of International Studies at the University of Buckingham, a private university which the Institute of Economic Affairs had a key role in establishing. The University describes him as an expert on “reform of the welfare state, especially health and welfare” [2]

Green was nominated by the Conservative Party to serve on the Home Secretary’s Crime Statistics Review Group in 2006. [3]


His books and pamphlets include

  • Power and Party in an English City, Allen & Unwin, 1980;
  • Mutual Aid or Welfare State, Allen & Unwin, 1984, with L. Cromwell;
  • Working Class Patients and the Medical Establishment, Temple Smith/Gower, 1985; and
  • The New Right: The Counter Revolution in Political, Economic and Social Thought, Wheatsheaf, 1987;
  • Reinventing Civil Society, IEA, 1993;
  • Community Without Politics: A Market Approach to Welfare Reform, IEA, 1996;
  • Benefit Dependency: How Welfare Undermines Independence (1998);
  • An End to Welfare Rights: The Rediscovery of Independence (1999);
  • Crime and Civil Society: Can we become a more law-abiding people?, London: Civitas, 2005; and
  • We're (Nearly) all Victims Now: how political correctness is undermining our liberal culture, London: Civitas, 2006.

He contributed the chapter on 'The Neo-Liberal Perspective' in Blackwell's The Student's Companion to Social Policy (2nd ed, 2003). [4]



  1. People (Accessed: 18 December 2007)
  2. University of Buckingham Directory of Experts (Accessed: 18 December 2007)
  3. Statistics: An independent review November 2006 PDF (Accessed: 18 December 2007)
  4. People (Accessed: 18 December 2007)