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A Future for Policing in England and Wales$
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Timothy Brain

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199684458

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199684458.001.0001

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The ‘Big Society’

The ‘Big Society’

Conservative political philosophy and its implications for policing

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A Future for Policing in England and Wales

Timothy Brain

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the ‘Big Society’ policy used by David Cameron and the Conservative Party during the 2010 General Elections and its implications for British law enforcement. It introduces the concept of ‘new conservatism’, presented by Cameron with its eight principal values: encouraging enterprise; fighting social injustice; meeting environmental threats; providing ‘first class healthcare, education and housing’; taking a lead in ‘ending global poverty’; protecting the country; giving ‘power to people and communities, and to recognise the limitations of government’, with political power being ‘exercised as close to people and communities as possible’; and, being ‘an open, meritocratic and forward-looking party’.

Keywords:   Big Society, Conservative Party, David Cameron, 2010 General Elections, British law enforcement, new conservatism, Coalition Agreement

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