Co-operative or not?

I have contributed an essay on this subject in a new collection Changing the Debate: the ideas redefining Britain – to be published by Res Publica on their website in the coming weeks. Here is a taster:

“All governments tend to learn by doing. It is just that for some, the learning comes too late. The Coalition Government has been active, almost hyperactive, on so many fronts that it can then create its own barriers to learning, as it has neither the time nor the capacity to reflect and then act on what it finds. The truth is that self-help and state action are at the very opposite ends of the spectrum of social action. The case for learning what works and what does not therefore is all the more urgent.”

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