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A new People's Republic established in Bristol, social democracy in America and taboos broken in Germany

By Prospect   November 2010

The Stokes Croft area of Bristol has been transformed by a local regeneration movement that’s led by the arts—and has little room for Tesco in its heart

BRITAIN

Is this the big society?

David Cameron has made it one of the cornerstones of coalition rhetoric, yet no one knows quite what the “big society” is, writes David Goldblatt. Is it a new wave of voluntary service, an expanded role for the third sector—or local initiatives in health and education, perhaps? In Stokes Croft, the most rundown area of inner city Bristol—pictured, above—we might find an unusual and unexpected answer in…

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