Civil Renewal, Diversity and Social Capital

In June 2003 the Home Secretary declared his intention to make civil renewal the 'centrepiece of the government's reform agenda'. Social capital has also been the subject of recent debate from the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit among others, in terms of addressing disadvantage. This project aims to find out what these agenda mean for those concerned with tackling unfair discrimination and promoting racial equality.

We hosted a major conference (Cohesion, Diversity, Equality) in January 2005 to focus on efforts to deliver racial equality and foster commnity cohesion through supporting communities, promoting active citizenship, making public services responsive to all, and rejuvenating political engagement. At the conference, the Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, launched the government's strategy to increase race equality and community cohesion. Click here to read more about the conference.

In September 2004 Runnymede published its Working Paper Civil Renewal For All: delivering civil renewal in a multi-ethnic Britain.

An academic conference was held to consider exisiting research and understandings of civil renewal and social capital in relation to ethnic diversity in June 2004.The key issues the conference considered were:

  • What do we already know about social capital and ethnic diversity in Britain?
  • Is social capital a useful policy tool in a multi ethnic Britain?
  • How are civil renewal and social capital being used in the UK?
  • How can social capital and civil renewal transform politics in a multi-ethnic Britain?

Speakers included Trevor Phillips, David Halpern and Professor Ben Fine. A report of the conference in pdf (300kb) format is available. The proceedings of the conference, Social Capital, Civil Renewal and Ethnic Diversity were published in January 2005.

In January 2004 Runnymede published Civil Renewal, Diversity and Social Capital in a Multi-Ethnic Britain by David Faulkner as our first contribution to this debate. This was followed by a seminar to illuminate further the potential of these concepts to contribute to a more successful multi-ethnic Britain.

Runnymede's focus on civil renewal and social capital is closely related to the earlier work which we conducted on Community Cohesion and reflects the findings and recommendations of the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain