The Big Society: How Could it Work?
Gabriel Chanan & Colin Miller
The idea of ‘the big society’ became part of national political debate in the course of the 2010 national election campaign. This is an important development irrespective of the rest of the political package. Any government should be implementing these kinds of participative measure – but selectively.
Whilst it usefully puts a fresh slant on the issue, the big society idea has continuity with existing long term developments, both in the UK and elsewhere, in the rebalancing of responsibilities and control between government and people – a vital issue for our times, whatever label it is given.
PACES will therefore monitor and seek to influence the evolution of the big society concept and policy (whatever it ends up being called) and starts with this analysis.