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Contemporary Citizenship: Four Types

conservative governments define ‘active citizenship’ as a method of regulating the efficiency of public utilities such as the railways. An active citizen, during the government of British Prime Minister John Major, was conceived as somebody who complained about poor services, such as British Rail, and in their spare time ran small-scale charities for their local church. The normative presupposition behind the history of citizenship was that the good society would depend on the development of the autonomous, active citizen. Welfare citizenship was never simply a system of

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