Category Archives: Citizen Engagement

Opening up Public Services: power to the people or power to the market?

High quality public services are an essential part of everyday life. Being able to access those services is one of the most basic requirements that we as citizens demand from the government. Not my words; but those of David Cameron … Continue reading

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The future for citizen-run services

Researchers and practitioners met at the University of Birmingham on 9-10 June 2011 for the first seminar of series funded by the Economic and Social Research Council on ‘third party government’. A slightly ambiguous term which nonetheless draws the attention … Continue reading

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Community Organising: Personalising and Polarizing

Lord Maurice Glasman  came to De Montfort University on 31st March to talk about a wide range of issues encompassing Big Society, faith, research and community organising.  Glasman is known for his critique of the relentless march of the free … Continue reading

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Community action works! Levenshulme Baths saved!

As part of the current Coalition government’s deficit reduction strategy, October’s Comprehensive Spending Review handed local government the toughest financial settlements across the public sector. This budget cut was passed down to local authorities with Manchester City Council receiving one of … Continue reading

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What does Big Society mean?

Does Big Society = a + ß1occ + ß2qual + ß3eth + ß3age + ε?  This is not April 1st arrived early! Consulting Inplace has published a report on which local authority areas are best prepared for the big society.  … 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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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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