Examine and Asses the Parallels Between the Principles of Edmund Burke and David Cameron's 'Big Society"

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Examine and assess the parallels between the principles of Edmund Burke and David Cameron's 'Big Society' programme
More than two centuries after Edmund Burke – the so-called father of conservatism – shocked Britain by his supposed inconsistency when supporting the American revolution but condemning the French ditto, today's leader of the Conservative party and the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, is facing new challenges in the British society which he claims is broken. 1 Throughout the years there have been Conservative party leaders stepping away from Burke's lead – perhaps Lady Thatcher being the most famous case – however Cameron is not one of them; at least not regarding his biggest political philosophy and panacea for domestic social issues - that of the Big Society. 2 In order to gain a deeper understanding of the Big Society as a philosophy and programme, this essay shall firstly lay a foundation by examining the main points made by Burke that arguably have inspired the notion of the Big Society. The thoughts and comments relevant are essentially to be found in Burke's most famous work, Reflections on the Revolution in France, points which shall further on be linked to the three main categories of Cameron's Big Society: the opening up of public services, social action through volunteering and collective responsibility...
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