Environmental responsibility and the Big Society

Smith, Mark J. (2010). Environmental responsibility and the Big Society. In: Stott, Marina ed. The Big Society Challenge. Thetford, UK: Keystone Publications/Development Trusts Association (DTA)/BASSAC/Social Enterprise East of England/LankellyChase Foundation, pp. 145–156.


This chapter examines the impact of the Big Society policy shift and the reform on political institutions on environmental policy and the ecological actions of citizens. It also outlines the meaning of environmental responsibility and explores the relationships between entitlements and rights with obligations and duties in generating environmental responsibility.This chapter highlights Burkean conservative accounts of obligations and how environmental responsibility could be fostered by a range of actors operating in partnerships and so challenges conventional understandings of the relationship between state and civil society.

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