Can you tell what it is yet? Public attitudes towards "the Big Society"

Defty, Andrew (2014) Can you tell what it is yet? Public attitudes towards "the Big Society". Social Policy and Society, 13 (1). pp. 13-24. ISSN 1474-7464

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‘The big society’ was a central theme in the Conservative's 2010 general election campaign. Opinion polls at the time of the election suggested that ‘the big society’ had little resonance with the public. Nevertheless, ‘the big society’ has been the subject of a number of prominent re-launches since the election. It appeared to underpin the Coalition government's policies in a range of areas and the Prime Minister invested considerable personal capital in it. This article examines public attitudes towards ‘the big society’. Drawing on public opinion data, it focuses on public recognition and understanding of ‘the big society’ and more broadly on whether the government's approach to rolling back state provision has prompted an increased public appetite for involvement in the delivery of services.

Keywords:Social policy, Big Society, NotOAChecked
Subjects:L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:07 Jun 2013 13:20

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