Monthly Archives: February 2011

Alistair Campbell talks to the DMU Politics Society

Alistair Campbell came to De Montfort University last week to talk to the Politics Society.  He was keen to promote the latest edition of his Diaries (1997-1999) as well as two novels – both of which have been nominated on separate … Continue reading

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The Impact of the Localism Bill on Future Site Provision – One Big Fat Gypsy Accommodation Problem

 As the fifth and final episode of the Channel 4 series Big Fat Gypsy Weddings aired on Tuesday night, the impact of the programme on the community, and on the perception of the community in popular discourse, cannot be underestimated. … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Localism Bill: Putting the ‘government’ back into in Local Government?

The Bill hasn’t been around for long, but it is already time to take a step back and look at the big picture. Is the Localism Bill a refreshing, new approach by government based on trust and confidence in local … Continue reading

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Is regeneration dead?

In the recent financial settlement for local government, many urban authorities have been hard hit by the removal of specific grants for regeneration. The tail end of the New Labour administration saw an erosion of faith in holistic regeneration initiatives … Continue reading

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Big Society and Spending cuts

What does big society mean? This appears to mean different things to different stakeholders and until there is a coherent and shared viewpoint frictions and possibly fractures within the system will ultimately be a detriment to the very people it … Continue reading

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Conflict is vital to meaningful citizen engagement

Is conflict a threat to democracy or a re-vivification of mass participation that democracy needs?  This was the question posed by Catherine Durose in her blog post last week. If people feel excluded from the decisions being made about their … Continue reading

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‘Big Society’: over before it begins?

In the last week, three incidents have highlighted the precarious state of the Tory-led Coalition government’s aspiration for the ‘Big Society’: First, Lord Wei – a life peer with an unpaid role in the Cabinet Office as ‘Big Society Tsar’ … Continue reading

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Opening up politics: diversity in representation

Despite some progress over the last thirty years, following the 2010 General Election, national politics remains highly unrepresentative of the population with only 22 per cent of MPs are women and 4 per cent from an ethnic minority.  The ‘archetype’ of a politician … Continue reading

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Citizen participation: building consensus or facilitating conflict?

Involving the community as a means of resolving seemingly intractable ‘wicked’ policy problems is now a long-standing pre-occupation of government not only in the UK, but across developed democracies. These objectives are underpinned by a positive view of community as … Continue reading

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Building the ‘Big Society’ – what role for local government?

The ‘Big Society’ agenda is the driving political vision of the coalition government as they seek to redefine and transform the relationship between citizens and the state. It is primarily being driven forward by key Conservative politicians around David Cameron … Continue reading

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