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New Paradigms in Public Policy$
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Peter Taylor-Gooby

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264935

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264935.001.0001

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The ‘Big Society’ and concentrated neighbourhood problems

The ‘Big Society’ and concentrated neighbourhood problems

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(p.167) 7 The ‘Big Society’ and concentrated neighbourhood problems
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New Paradigms in Public Policy
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Anne Power

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264935.003.0007

This chapter examines the notion of the ‘Big Society’, introduced by David Cameron in 2009, which empowers citizens to deal with local issues that are not high on the political agenda. It traces the origins of community politics in the co-operative institutions that people set up to manage the pressures and problems of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century industrialisation. The chapter argues that the Big Society is not an alternative to government but that, to be effective, the two must operate within a framework of mutual support.

Keywords:   civil society, citizen empowerment, public policy, community politics

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