In Defence of Politics, George Orwell: a Life and chair of the official 1998 report on
Teaching Citizenship and Democracy in Schools, has gathered together a distinguished team of thinkers and writers for the annual Political Quarterly book. Like the
PQ, the book uses expert knowledge but is written for the intelligent general reader. Each of the contributors seek to show how a particular institution can contribute to create a radically more participative culture – one where people think of themselves not just as law–abiding citizens, tax–payers or enterprising individuals, but a s active citizens. The essays are not concerned with the immediate short–term perspective to make Britain a Citizenship culture, but with middle and long–term perspectives.
The question is posed that if the old democratic socialist project seems either halted, stilted or abandoned, how can we at least, possibly at best, achieve a truly democratic and inclusive society – a culture of positive citizenship? The inquiry and advocacy ranges through institutions of government, the parties, parliament, problems of multi–culturalism, the practices of the voluntary sector, education and the arts
Introduction. (Bernard Crick).
Options for the Referendum on the Voting System. (Martin Linton).
Party Democracy and Civic Renewal. (Matthew Taylor).
Reforming the House of Commons. (John Maxton).
Will Scottish Devolution Make a Difference? (Joyce McMillan).
After Multiculturalism. (Yasmin Alibhai–Brown).
How European Can We/ Will We Be? (Neal Ascherson).
Culture and Citizenship. (Anthony Everitt).
The Media. (Michael Brunson).
Citizenship and Schools. (Richard Pring).
The Need for Lifelong Learning. (Tom Schuller).
Relationships Between Work and Life. (Karen Evans).
The Voluntary Sector. (Isobel Lindsay).
The Community Roots of Citizenship. (Henry tam).
Accountability and Responsibility of Government and Public Bodies. (Anthony Barker).
Citizenship in Britain: Attitudes and Behaviour. (Patrick Seyd, Paul Whiteley and Charles Pattie).
The Divine Comedy of Contemporary Citizenship. (Colin Crouch).