The Decline of the Public
The Hollowing Out of Citizenship
By (author) David Marquand
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Decline of the Public by David Marquand
Book Descriptiona To construct a civilization around the nostrum that the public realm is morally, economically and socially inferior to the private realm is to submit to an alien barbarism in which what we hold in common is permanently placed as second best. David Marquand has constructed a masterly and highly readable plea for the idea of the public once again to be celebrated in British life. His re--entry into the national conversation could not be better timed or more important. Leta s hope our fellow citizens take arms in the battle he invites us to join.a ----Will Hutton, Columnist, Observer Newspaper a A profound analysis of the decline of the public realm and the growth of unaccountable government in Britain. The summation of a lifea s work by one of Britaina s leading political thinkers.a ----John Gray, The London School of Economics The public domain of citizenship, equity and service is crucial for individual fulfilment and social well--being. But it has been under attack for thirty years -- first from the market fundamentalists of the New Right, and then from their New Labour imitators. The results are everywhere -- resource--starved public services; the marketization of the public sector; the soul--destroying targets and audits that go with it; the denigration of professionalism and the professional ethic; and the erosion of public trust. More damaging still are the hollowing out of citizenship, the manipulative populism that now pervades British government and a slide towards a new version of the a Old Corruptiona that our Victorian ancestors thought they had banished. David Marquand traces the growth of the public domain from Gladstone to Attlee, analyses the forces that began to undermine it in its post--war heyday and exposes the campaign that the Thatcher and Blair governments have waged against it. He ends with a call for a counter--attack, based on a re--statement of the civic ideal in a twenty--first century idiom. This book will appeal to all those who take an interest in current political events as well as those studying politics and social policy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745629094
(226mm x 145mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 20-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Decline of the Public, Paperback (January 2004)» View all books by David Marquand
* A robust examination of the role of citizenship * Provides a critique of Blairite and Thatcherite approaches to public, market and private domains * Argues that the public domain is essential to a civilised society .
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Author Biography - David Marquand
David Marquand is Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford and formerly Professor of Politics at Sheffield University.
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