Social Theory and Public Policy: A research programme
Led by Danny Kruger, this programme will seek to identify and articulate the social theories underlying current British public policy debates, including but not limited to debates over fiscal policy, public service reform, criminal justice, devolution, family policy, social cohesion and social mobility.
British public policy is founded on the idea, which we derive from the Enlightenment, that society is simply an aggregation of autonomous self-determining individuals. This idea has caused public policy to prefer centralised bureaucracy over local relationships, and personal rights over social responsibilities. The consequence is widespread social harm and a system which is now unsustainable.
We need a new model of social organisation in which an individual’s relationships are as important as his or her autonomy.