The rise and fall of the Big Society in the UK

John Fenwick, Jane Gibbon

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This article assesses the role of the Big Society within the complex pattern of UK service provision. It is argued that the relevance of the Big Society was transient and it has had little impact on practice. Reasons for this are located within the complexity of relationships between public, private and third sectors. Such complexity is a permanent feature of contemporary service provision in which the moment of the Big Society has now passed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-130
JournalPublic Money & Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017


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