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Tuesday 22nd June 2010

Is civic society really in decline?

Is civic society really in decline?
Description
The 'big society' assumes that government alone cannot solve complex social problems. Instead, by expanding the opportunities for civic participation, it is hoped that an active citizenry will play a greater role in tackling problems that affect communities. The package of policies is predicated on the notion that there has been a decline in civic participation and that this can be attributed to the dependency culture encouraged by 'big government'.
Date:
Tuesday 22nd June 2010
Categories:
Arts and Law
Friday 7th May 2010

Britain's election on the morning after: "who here has a mandate"

Britain's election on the morning after: "who here has a mandate"
Description
In the speech of thanks at his Parliamentary election early this morning, Conservative leader David Cameron asserted, "It is clear that this Labour Government no longer has a mandate to govern." Maybe so: but it is not clear who does have that mandate.
Date:
Friday 7th May 2010
Categories:
Arts and Law
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