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The future of localism must be economic

This is a chapter from ResPublica's collection of essays, entitled "Changing the Debate: The Ideas Redefining Britain". Throughout July and August 2011, ResPublica will be publishing chapters from the collection on The Disraeli Room blog, encouraging other thinkers, politicians and members of the public to join the debate and contribute to the development of ideas.

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Innovation, Innovation , Innovation

This is a chapter from ResPublica's collection of essays, entitled "Changing the Debate: The Ideas Redefining Britain". Throughout July and August 2011, ResPublica will be publishing chapters from the collection on The Disraeli Room blog, encouraging other thinkers, politicians and members of the public to join the debate and contribute to the development of ideas.

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Changing lives by changing life chances

This is a chapter from ResPublica's collection of essays, entitled "Changing the Debate: The Ideas Redefining Britain". Throughout July and August 2011, ResPublica will be publishing chapters from the collection on The Disraeli Room blog, encouraging other thinkers, politicians and members of the public to join the debate and contribute to the development of ideas.

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Libya: Implementing the Peace

...Things move quickly when a regime cracks, and with the former rebels now suddenly controlling four-fifths of Tripoli, the immediate end-game is afoot. For a short time celebrations can be permitted. However, the real work starts now and experience from Afghanistan and Iraq suggest planning for the peace will not be easy...

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Naples 2.0 – Changing the headlines

...Ironically enough ‘big society’ has emerged: community services are provided by an organisation outside of the public and private realm. But this one is hardly what David Cameron has in mind! The unfortunate developments in Naples have created the dark big society, one operating in the shadow of legality through the suppression of its people....

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Our clash of civilizations: hoods vs. brooms

...It was a clash of civilizations between people divided not by different cultural roots as the political scientist Huntington predicted, but by values. It was a clash of visions: the rule of the jungle vs. the community values. Hoods vs. brooms. This is not a class struggle. I can’t forget the line of the banker Gordon Gekko ‘Greed is good’ in the film Wall Street. Aren’t these the ethical standards of the celebrity culture, bank bonuses, Parliamentary expenses and News of World?...

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Community ‘rights’ need to help people deliver the great neighbourhoods they want

The rights-based approach taken by the Coalition in promoting aspects of the localism agenda is a powerful rhetorical tool. The granting of a new ‘right’ is cast as a benevolent act from Government and lends the exercise an air of permanence: once given, it is difficult to take a right away without a fight. However, to be credible in the longer term, these rights have to help communities deliver on their own priorities.

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A New Moral World: The lost “socialism”

This is a chapter from ResPublica's collection of essays, entitled "Changing the Debate: The Ideas Redefining Britain". Throughout July and August 2011, ResPublica will be publishing chapters from the collection on The Disraeli Room blog, encouraging other thinkers, politicians and members of the public to join the debate and contribute to the development of ideas.

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ResPonses to the Riots

Yesterday, David Cameron made clear that the broken society analysis is “back at the top of my political agenda”. But what have others diagnosed as the source of this upheaval, and what can we do to fix it? The ResPublica team has highlighted a few of what we believe to be the best responses to the riots so far.

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Riot and Response: England's violent August

The response to the recent wave of riots in English cities has exposed the ethical bankruptcy of both liberal left and neo-liberal right in English culture... In the case of the left, a latent callousness and authoritarianism has been laid bare. Many London liberals were quick to call for draconian police responses once they were given the impression - in part by exaggeration in the "quality" media - that their own civic precincts might be under threat.

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