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28 October, 2010

The Big Society - a contribution from the Citizenship Foundation

What does the coalition government's new thinking mean for the citizen, for national citizen identity and for the ongoing provision of citizenship education?

Big Society is an innovative phrase that has had political impact on two fronts: firstly it signalled that the Conservative Party has an alternative to the (over) Big Government of New Labour; and secondly as a rhetorical distancing device from Margaret Thatcher's now famous 'there is no such thing as society...' homily - indicating that this generation of Conservatives strongly believe in society but wish to redefine it alongside redefining the State.

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