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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 Pier Professional

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Publisher
Pier Professional
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 by Pier Professional Limited
ISSN
1747-9886
eISSN
2042-8642
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 ServicesPier Professional

Published: Sep 1, 2010

Keywords: Big Society

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