Legislating for the Big Society? The case of the Public Services (Social Value) Bill

Simon Teasdale, Pete Alcock, Graham Smith

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    A key aspect of the ‘big society’ discourse in England is an enhanced role for
    voluntary organizations in the delivery of public services. However, Conservative
    philosophy draws upon the contradictory positions of market liberals favouring
    the free market and a small state, and those favouring community self-help and
    local distinctiveness. This article explores how these tensions were played out in
    parliamentary debate over the second reading of the Public Services (Social
    Value) Bill. The authors argue that these tensions reflect unresolved issues within
    the UK Conservative party, and that market liberals will have the upper hand.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)201-208
    Number of pages8
    JournalPublic Money and Management
    Issue number3
    Early online date23 Mar 2012
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • Big Society
    • market liberalism
    • public services
    • social enterprise
    • social value


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