Connectivity and conflict in periods of austerity: What do we know about the middle class political activism and its effects on public services?


Principal Investigator: Annette Hastings (Glasgow University)
Co-investigators: Peter Matthews (Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh)
Duration: 2011

Our project was a scoping review of middle class community activism – research evidence of the taken-for-granted fact that the middle classes shout louder and get more. Our review identified four causal mechanisms that explain how and why the middle classes benefit disproportionately from the state as individuals and as community groups of activists. We present this as a challenge to the Big Society and community empowerment, highlighting that we may empower the already powerful.