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The UK Government’s ‘Big Society’ Programme and Catholic Social Teaching

The UK Government’s ‘Big Society’ Programme and Catholic Social Teaching

Author: The Von Hügel Institute

This new original research explores and analyses the relationship between the UK Government’s ‘Big Society’ programme and CST. Drawing on primary source such as political manifestos and Government White Papers as well as academic works, think tank reports and interviews with key informants, it describes to what extent CST had influenced the Big Society programme but also seeks to evaluate this programme in the light of CST.

Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 23x15x0.8
ISBN: 978-0957496200
Category: Rejoice

 
£ 0.99
 

The Von Hügel Institute (VHI) is a research institute of St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge, which was established to foster academic work on the relationship between Christianity and Society. The VHI is inspired by Catholic Social Teaching (CST) and carries our research and analysis which informs Catholic social policy and practice on today’s most important ethical and religious issues.

The UK Government’s ‘Big Society’ Programme and Catholic Social Teaching explores and analyses the relationship between the UK Government’s ‘Big Society’ programme and CST. Drawing on primary source such as political manifestos and Government White Papers as well as academic works, think tank reports and interviews with key informants, it describes to what extent CST had influenced the Big Society programme but also seeks to evaluate this programme in the light of CST.

The research project provides:

  • An historical description of the political, economic and social context of the Big Society Programme and of the origins of the Big Society concept.
  • An evaluation of the Big Society programme from the perspective of different interpretations of CST, of which some seemed to be close to a social democratic Welfare State approach, while others seemed to espouse a more neo-liberal market-based approach.
  • A contribution to the debate concerning the renewal of CST in contemporary Britain, but also more generally in the global political, social and economic transformation.

This report will be of interest to policy makers, social policy students, Churches, volunteers and community groups and all those who share the values of CST and the concern for the role of faith in public life and who seek a fairer and more just society. The project has been generously supported by the Charles Plater Trust.

Weight 0.182 kg
Dimensions 230 × 150 × 8 mm


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