Modern Believing

Civil Society, Welfare and the State

Modern Believing (2015), 56, (1), 11–21.

Abstract

The emergence of new strands in Conservative thinking before the 2010 general election, and characterised as the Big Society, has led to little substantive action by government. Meanwhile, although not yet mainstream, communitarian thinking is emerging within the Labour Party. This article suggests areas for attention in the party manifestos for 2015 which could restore a richer concept of society and address major problems in welfare and business ethics. Specific policies are less important than articulating a new narrative about the relationship between the individual, the state and the corporate sector and building capacity for informal neighbourliness and voluntary initiative.

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Brown, Malcolm