The Ben Pimlott Memorial Lecture 2011 The ‘Big Society’ and the ‘Big State’: Creative Tension or Crowding Out?

  title={The Ben Pimlott Memorial Lecture 2011 The ‘Big Society’ and the ‘Big State’: Creative Tension or Crowding Out?},
  author={Pat Thane},
  journal={Twentieth Century British History},
  • P. Thane
  • Published 1 September 2012
  • Economics
  • Twentieth Century British History
Recent political discourse about the ‘Big Society’ has stimulated thinking among historians and others about the relationship between state and societal action concerning social welfare and other important areas of daily life, past and present. Implicit, sometimes explicit, in the Big Society rhetoric is the assumption that voluntary/philanthropic/community/non-governmental/third sector (the terminology is itself as diverse as this large terrain) action to promote social improvement has… 
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