Author: Thomas Allan
Neoliberalism remains the dominant way of thinking about how to reform the welfare state and society, despite its obvious intellectual inadequacy and toxic impact on ordinary people. However critics of neoliberalism often fall back on a faith in the state to restore a better balance (despite the fact that the state is itself now fully enmeshed in neoliberal approaches). In this important paper Thomas Allan reminds us of the importance of the Commons - the space between the Market and the State.
We need to rediscover the territory between the State and the Market. The post-war period has been dominated by the conflict between these two forces and the result is a No Man's Land where community, citizenship and most of the good things in life wither.
How we bring this warfare to an end will involve, as Thomas Allan suggests, three different strategies:
The Centre, and our partners in Citizen Network, are seeking to make this a reality, not just by our campaigns and advocacy, but in particular by showing that we can choose to cooperate, grow and develop.
The imperative to compete and pursue self-interest– pressed on us as much by the State as by the Market – can be rejected. We can believe in citizenship, community and inclusion, and we can live by those beliefs.
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