Voluntary Sector in Transition

Hard Times or New Opportunities?

Linda Milbourne

Voluntary Sector in Transition

Linda Milbourne

Distributed for Bristol University Press

165 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781847427236 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America only
As the British government pares back the public sphere, voluntary and community organizations there have moved to center stage in political debates surrounding social services, a process extensively explored by The Voluntary Sector in Transition. Like similar sectors around the globe, the UK voluntary sector has undergone immense change, as the very ideology surrounding welfare services has been fundamentally transformed. Drawing on contemporary social and organizational theory and policy debates, Linda Milbourne explores the extensive growth and reshaping of the UK voluntary sector following sweeping reforms to the culture and implementation of public services.

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1 The voluntary sector: contested or strategic ground?

2 The changing face of welfare and roles of voluntary organizations

3 Researching the voluntary sector

4 Dilemmas of market ideology: the impact of growing competition in two urban areas

5 Performance and shifting accountabilities: from trust-based to regulated inter-organisational relationships

6 Collaboration in community-based projects: solutions or new organisational challenges?

7 Community heroes, survivors or casualties? Exploring risk and resilience in the voluntary sector

8 Advocacy and democratic participation in a changing environment: room for challenge?

9 Values and visions for a future voluntary sector?



Review Quotes
Mike Aiken, Open University

"This book brings together the most important challenges facing the voluntary sector today in a highly readable style. It is grounded in research, theoretically informed, and illustrates each theme with quotes from practitioners. It is a treasure trove of ideas which will become an indispensible source for policy makers, practitioners and researchers."

Lee Gregory, University of Birmingham | Work, Employment and Society
“This book examines the changing nature of the voluntary sector under the previous New Labour and Coalition Governments. After setting out some historical context of the role of voluntary sector organizations in delivering welfare, the book draws upon a wide range of case studies to discuss the impact of ideological changes, accountability and the drift towards community in order to explore the changing nature of the voluntary sector in welfare delivery.”
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