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The Big Society: The Anatomy of the New Politics

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What is the Big Society? Some argue that it is a genuine vision for the future, others that it is simply a smokescreen for stringent and inevitable cuts in public-spending. As a concept it has been considered as too vague and unintelligible to attract sufficient numbers of voters, yet is already presenting a powerful case that devolved government will cost less and do ...more
Paperback, 243 pages
Published March 1st 2014 by University of Buckingham Press (first published October 1st 2010)
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George
Apr 24, 2014 George rated it liked it
'The Big Society is widely thought of as a political programme. But it is much more than that. It is a set of interlocking ideas, even a philosophy: a concerted and wide-ranging attempt to engage with the twin challenges of social and economic decline, and to move us towards a more connected society. It rests on a bold conjecture, that lying beneath the surface of British society today is a vast amount of late and untapped potential energy.'

I first opened this book aware of two important things:
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Sep 01, 2013 Robert Smith rated it liked it
A smart, confident and concise overview of the politics, philosophy and economics surrounding modern conservatism. Norman outlines the Big Society - or the 'connected' society as prefers to call it - as a new form of politics stressing the importance of 'institutions' rather than just the relationship between the state and the individual. The book strongly criticises the Fabian over-reliance on the state to cure the ills of society, but also regrets laissez-faire, economic individualism and ...more
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Recommends it for: propaganda historians
Recommended to Chinstrapmcdouchebag by: my sense of masochism
offensively bad, profoundly economically illiterate, obviously flawed even for 18th century laypeople. Deeply alarming that this was ever considered good enough to paint over the cracks in tory thought; Cameron's a PR careerist and if he thinks this is adequate clearly the british electorate is truly braindead. Of course, at the time of writing, his crew are trying to pretend this never happened.
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Jesse Norman, MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, is a Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange, the most influential British conservative think tank based in London. He is widely regarded as one of the architects of New Conservatism, a political philosophy that stresses using traditionally conservative techniques and concepts in order to improve the general welfare of society.

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