David George Green

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David Green founded the right wing think tank Civitas in 2000, before which 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]

He has mainly been involved in campaigning for the privatisation of health and welfare. He is a Visiting Professor in the Department of International Studies at the University of Buckingham which describes him as an expert on “reform of the welfare state, especially health and welfare” [2]

His books 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). [3]

Green was nominated by the Conservative Party to serve on the Home Secretary’s Crime Statistics Review Group in 2006. [4]


  1. People (Accessed: 18 December 2007)
  2. [ http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/publicity/dofe/green.html University of Buckingham Directory of Experts] (Accessed: 18 December 2007)
  3. People (Accessed: 18 December 2007)
  4. Statistics: An independent review November 2006 PDF (Accessed: 18 December 2007)