chapter  2
Philosophical underpinning of the Big Society
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There have been a variety of views claimed by conservatives, and others, to underpin the notion of the Big Society. They raise a number of questions, of which three are of particular interest: what are the intellectual antecedents to the Big Society; to what extent do they inform the narrative of the Big Society; what do these antecedents tell us about the limits and possibilities of the Big Society in relation to education? Underpinning these questions are central beliefs about the relationship between politics, the state and the market.