In this collection, contributors discuss a central theme which is both theoretical and practical - the role of the state in achieving social justice in modern market systems from a socialist perspective. They reject the cult of choice and of rational egoism.
…the key categories of citizenship, public ownership, community, individualism are given systematic philosophic investigation and provide a fine filter to the burgeoning literature on New Labour, centre-left, left-of-centre and renewed old labour. Geoffrey Wood, Parliamentary Affairs
"This collection of "new Fabian essays" is particularly to be welcomed … Despite the (now obligatory?) reference to the novelty of the essays assembled here, there is something reassuringly Fabian, dare one suggest reassuringly old, about this collection."
Times Literary supplement, 20/9/96
"One consequence of the crisis of belief has been a willingness by socialists to re-examine and, in some cases, rethink the nature of their fundamental commitments and values. Socialism and the Common Good is an interesting and stimulating example of this literature.