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Is there such a thing as society?

Is there such a thing as society? This article argues that the values underlying public policy and public services in the UK appear to have changed dramatically over the last 30 years. The post‐war consensus around collectivism is being replaced by the values of individualism and the market. The policy of personalisation, especially in health and social care, seems to reflect this. These changes bring inherent risks, especially for the most disabled and marginalised in society. It concludes by suggesting that there needs to be a re‐articulation by public sector leaders of the central values and essential role of public services in society. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The International Journal of Leadership in Public Services Emerald Publishing

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1747-9886
DOI
10.5042/ijlps.2010.0517
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Abstract

This article argues that the values underlying public policy and public services in the UK appear to have changed dramatically over the last 30 years. The post‐war consensus around collectivism is being replaced by the values of individualism and the market. The policy of personalisation, especially in health and social care, seems to reflect this. These changes bring inherent risks, especially for the most disabled and marginalised in society. It concludes by suggesting that there needs to be a re‐articulation by public sector leaders of the central values and essential role of public services in society.

Journal

The International Journal of Leadership in Public ServicesEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 13, 2010

Keywords: Big Society; Choice; Collectivism; Health and social care; Individualism; Inequalities; Personalisation; Public policy; Public services; Social enterprise; Thatcherism

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