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Thinking Collectively: Social Policy, Collective Action and the Common Good

Paul Spicker


Thinking collectively is a book about the meaning, implications and value of collectivism in social policy. Collectivism is not a single, unitary idea; it covers a wide range of approaches that depend on the importance of groups and organisations in social life. Substantive collectivism is the idea that we live, not as 'individuals', but as the members of social groups, like families, neighbourhoods and communities, and that many of our actions are done together with others in organisations and social institutions. Methodological collectivism looks for explanations and patterns of behaviour no ... More

Keywords: Collectivism, Common good, Collective action, Social policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781447346890
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447346890.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Spicker, author
Robert Gordon University