Policy and ‘the good society’

David Phillips

in Policy reconsidered

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9781861349132
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302995 | DOI:
Policy and ‘the good society’

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Over the past decades, there has been a fierce debate among politicians and policy makers about what constitutes ‘the good society’. Among the visions of the so-called good society include: an all-encompassing universalist and collectivist welfare state and a minimalist state providing a safe social environment where families and individuals can freely pursue their interests. This chapter explores the manner in which policy is used to represent visions of ‘the good society’ and how this usage travels in the national and supranational arenas and the extent to which visions can become reality. From the perspective of the process of EU enlargement, the chapter views the relations between policies and values. It presents policy as a representation of a vision and as an expression of the fundamental aspirations of collectivities. It also raises key matters of competition and dialogue and the elements of policy that are increasingly becoming important in the globalising world.

Keywords: competition; good society; policy; EU enlargement; policies

Chapter.  8093 words.  Illustrated.

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