Alcune note sull’idea di «Big Society»
| STUDI DI SOCIOLOGIA - 2011 - 2
T. MARCI, Notes on the idea of «Big Society»
The aim of this paper is to underline the sociological meaning of the political idea of «Big
Society»: an idea that was launched on July 2010 by the Prime Minister David Cameron, leader
of the British Conservative Party.
The genesis of the «Big Society» was the idea, first articulated by Phillip Blond, that the stifling
duopoly of a centralised state and a laissez-faire free market had reached the point of
diminishing returns – and that nothing less than a radical, coherent platform for reinvigorating
civil society would suffice. In this way, the aim was to create a climate that empowers local people
and communities, building a «Big Society» that will take power away from politicians and
give it to people.
This is a bottom-up vision, not a government program dictated from the state to citizens.
«Big Society» is about a cultural change where people don’t always turn to officials, local
authorities or central government for answers to the problems they face but instead feel both
free and powerful enough to help themselves and their own communities.
The paper propose a critical point of view about these problems.
Key words: big society, civil society, social enterprises, communities, citizenship.