"The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) will spend a “significant” amount of its funding on the prime minister’s vision for the country, after a government “clarification” of the Haldane principle – a convention that for 90 years has protected the right of academics to decide where research funds should be spent. Under the revised principle, research bodies must work to the government’s national objectives, although the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said that ministers will not meddle in individual projects. It is claimed the AHRC was told that research into the “big society” was non-negotiable if it wished to maintain its funding at £100m a year."

Academic fury over order to study the big society | Education | The Observer.

In a nutshell, David Cameron campaigns on a theory of the United Kingdom as consisting of the ‘Big Society’, and then his cabinet ministers force the Arts & Humanities Research Council to dedicate themselves to studying it if they wish to retain their £100m funding grant. So it must exist - it’s being studied by academics.

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