Revisiting Associative Democracy

Revisiting Associative Democracy

How to get more co-operation, co-ordination and collaboration into our economy, our democracy, our public services, and our lives

Editor(s): 
Jan 2011
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Revisiting Associative Democracy draws together the ideas and thoughts of a group of people who met, discussed and developed Paul Hirst’s views on Associative Democracy.

Revisiting Associative Democracy draws together the ideas and thoughts of a group of people who met, discussed and developed Paul Hirst’s views on Associative Democracy. Overall, there was a strong sense that our lives, our economy, democracy and public sector have for a long time been limited by an individualised, abstract and largely economistic set of beliefs and practices. We need to think about and develop more collaborative, effective and human ways of working and making decisions, and Paul’s work is hugely valuable resource for doing this.

Introduction
Andrea Westall

1. Why does democratic reform matter?
Anthony Barnett

2. Associative democracy and the Big Society: some reflections

Ian Christie

3. Associative democracy and local government
Su Maddock

4. The dangers of illiberalism
Rosemary Bechler

5. Associational welfare: too much pluralism? 

Stuart White

6. Putting democracy into welfare provision 

Graham Smith

7. User engagement in social policy and older people’s care 

Sam Mauger

8. Combining Hirst and Polanyi to create an embedded and democratic economy
Maurice Glasman

9. Economic governance - a new form of industrial policy? 

Andrea Westall

10. The case of capital markets 

Penny Shepherd

11. The case of football 

Jonathan Michie