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Thinking Collectively

Social Policy, Collective Action and the Common Good

Published

5 Jun 2019

Page count

188 pages

ISBN

978-1447346890

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

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Published

5 Jun 2019

Page count

188 pages

ISBN

978-1447346920

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
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Published

5 Jun 2019

Page count

188 pages

ISBN

978-1447346913

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
£26.99 £21.59You save £5.40 (20%)
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    What does collectivism mean in social policy? What does thinking collectively imply for policy?

    In this book, well-respected author Paul Spicker lends a complementary voice to his Reclaiming Individualism, reviewing collectivism as a dimension of political discourse. Breaking down his analysis to examine collectivism through substantive, moral and methodological lenses, he reviews a series of arguments for cooperative effort, solidarity and collective responsibility. Taking a dispassionate and methodical approach, the author explores what collectivism means in social policy and what value it offers to the field.

    “Paul Spicker asks how to think-with, live-with, and be-with collectives in this important new book which sees afresh the possibilities of collective life. Crucially, it also reinstates the significance of the common good and value of the common weal for social scientists and activists.” Stephen A. Webb, Glasgow Caledonian University

    “This concise and well-written book is a compelling and timely reminder of the importance of collective action and political community.” Daniel Béland, McGill University

    Paul Spicker is Emeritus Professor of Public Policy at Robert Gordon University; he works independently as a writer and commentator on social policy. His previous books on applied social theory include Liberty, equality, fraternity (2006), Reclaiming Individualism (2013), and Arguments for Welfare (2017).

    Part I: Collectivism

    Substantive collectivism: collectivism in practice

    Methodological collectivism: social science and social policy

    Moral collectivism

    The individual and the collective

    Community

    Part II: Collective action for the common good

    Government and collective action

    Radical democracy

    Collective values

    Policies for the common good

    The common weal