The Big Society: a new policy environment for the Third Sector?

Document type
Working Paper
Alcock, Pete
Third Sector Research Centre
Date of publication
1 June 2012
Working paper; 82
Social Policy, Community Development and Regeneration
Social welfare
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This Working Paper updates the analysis of the Coalition government’s Big Society policy agenda first published in 2010. It explores the policy context for the Big Society initiative and the key features of the policy programme developed by the Coalition since 2010. It then outlines some of the contradictions and challenges within this policy programme, and for the relations between the third sector and the state more generally. It is also pointed out that the Big Society is an English political discourse with different policy developments now taking place within the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

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