Earlier in February 2011, Canvas and Sheffield Debating teamed up to poll the general student community of government cuts – what would YOU cut?
With the debate titled “The future of community: the ‘Big Society’ or the ‘Good Society’” recently held by Progress and ResPublica, the non-partisan political thinktank established in 2009, there seems to be no more appropriate time to comment on Philip Blond’s flagship idea. There has been a wave of criticism of late regarding what essentially equates to the perceived mismatch between the Big Society’s normative ‘ideals’ and the allegedly negative impact of the financial cuts upon the practical realisation of such ideals. Perhaps unsurprisingly, such criticism has been most apparent in the voluntary sector itself, as highlighted both by Dame Elisabeth Hoodless’s resignation from the Community Service Volunteers, Britain’s largest volunteering charity, and February 10th’s Question Time’s audience, albeit through both formal questioning and unconventional shouting. Still, regardless of the practical ‘necessities’ of such cuts as viewed by key governmental actors on the back of the current financial context, as an idea the Big Society is not necessarily monopolised by either Right or Left; indeed – it appears to be a reflection of the new Centre-ground of British contemporary political thought.
Arguably the foundation of comparative political theory, this article briefly explores Aristotle’s work on proto-constitutional analysis as well as it’s central theory on the good citizen.
Labour Students explain what they contribute to student politics and why they are important.
A growing debate of tension that arguably gridlocked and led to the failure of G20 – should the poorer countries of our world share the same burdens as the West?
A message from Conservative Future Sheffield.
This article attempts to look at the main political thought of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. In particular, Marc Geddes analyses the Genealogy of Morality and the extent to which Nietzsche was committed to the will to power.
Aristotle’s famous quote: “man is by nature a political animal” is discussed by two analysts – are we political or have we been conned into it?
Fundamentally, politics is concerned with people and with power. How does this influence International Relations Theory? Jamie Sammes explores the main theories of IR.
Lizzie Palmer compares the three main manifesto’s election pledges with regards to education.