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Echoes of the Big Society

There was an echo of an almost forgotten political slogan at the final Prime Minister’s Questions of 2012. Ed Miliband raised the question of food banks (6 minutes into the video above). David Cameron responded, rather unsuccessfully, by recognising ‘volunteers … Continue reading

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Review: The Ages of Voluntarism – How We Got to the Big Society

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George Campbell Gosling, Oxford Brookes University In recent decades, the history of voluntarism has moved from being a footnote for social historians to a burgeoning and dynamic area in its own right. Offering evidence that the relationship between history and … Continue reading

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Charity and the Coalition: Whatever Happened to the Big Society?

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George Campbell Gosling, Oxford Brookes University What’s wrong with the Big Society? It’s dead, that’s what wrong with it. It’s not just resting. I’m an historian, so I know a dead policy initiative when I see one and and the … Continue reading

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Is the Big Society Collectivism in Disguise?

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Frank Prochaska, University of Oxford As Benjamin Disraeli once said, Britain is ‘a very difficult country to move’.  But over the past century it has gradually moved to become a highly centralized state, a trend that all the political parties … Continue reading

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That Was The Year That Was – Farewell to 2011!

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Colin Rochester and Meta Zimmeck, Practical Wisdom R2Z For many parts of the voluntary sector 2011 was a year of brutal clarity, as the Coalition Government’s spending cuts and restructuring of public services began to bite. It was also a … Continue reading

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