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Voluntary Organisations and Social Policy in Britain

Perspectives on Change and Choice

  • Margaret Harris
  • Colin Rochester
  • The voluntary sector has been at the heart of debates about welfare provision recently, whether in Thatcher's 'rolling back' of the state, or Blair's 'Third Way

    This is the first book to focus on the relationship between voluntary sector organisations and social policy

    Brings together chapters by highly respected academic experts in this field

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Margaret Harris, Colin Rochester, Peter Halfpenny
    Pages 1-20
  3. Duncan W. Scott, Lynne Russell
    Pages 49-63
  4. Stephen P. Osborne, Kathleen Ross
    Pages 81-93
  5. Marilyn Taylor
    Pages 94-107
  6. David Mullins, Moyra Riseborough
    Pages 154-170
  7. Margaret Harris
    Pages 171-184
  8. Justin Davis Smith
    Pages 185-198
  9. Michael Locke, Paul Robson, Steven Howlett
    Pages 199-212
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 229-240

About this book


The last two decades of the twentieth century saw the most fundamental changes in British social policy since the creation of the welfare state in the 1940s. From Margaret Thatcher's radical reassessment of the role of the state to Tony Blair's 'Third Way', the voluntary sector has been at the heart of these changes. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, voluntary organisations have been cast in leading roles on the social policy stage. They are expected to make key contributions to countering social exclusion; to regenerating communities; to providing social housing and welfare services; to promoting international aid and development; and to developing and sustaining democratic participation and the active community.

But how are voluntary sector organisations grappling with the implications of their new, expanded role? How is their relationship with the state changing in practice? This book, which has its origins in an international conference of leading academics in the field, provides answers to these pressing questions. It analyses the numerous and complex ways in which the formulation and implementation of social policy is dependent on the contributions of the voluntary sector. It discusses the impact of the new policy environment on voluntary organisations. And it suggests that the successful implementation of social policy requires government to acknowledge and nurture the distinctive features and contributions of voluntary sector organisations. Voluntary Organisations and Social Policy in Britain is essential reading not only for the many people studying, working in or working with the voluntary sector in Britain but also for anyone who is interested in the formulation and implementation of social policy.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Margaret Harris
    • 1
    • 2
  • Colin Rochester
    • 3
  1. 1.Aston University Business SchoolUK
  2. 2.Centre for Voluntary OrganisationLondon School of EconomicsUK
  3. 3.University of SurreyRoehamptonUK

About the editors

MARGARET HARRIS is Professor of Voluntary Sector Organisation at Aston Business School and was formerly Assistant Director of the Centre for Voluntary Organisation at the London School of Economics. She edited (with David Billis) Voluntary Agencies: Challenges of Organisation and Management and is the author of Organising God's Work. She is International Editor of the journal Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

COLIN ROCHESTER is Consultancy Leader and Principal Lecturer, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management, at the University of Surrey, Roehampton. He has more than thirty years' experience of working in and with the voluntary and community sectors as practitioner, manager, consultant and researcher. He has published widely on sector issues and devised and co-edited An Introduction to the Voluntary Sector with Justin Davis Smith.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Voluntary Organisations and Social Policy in Britain
  • Book Subtitle Perspectives on Change and Choice
  • Authors Margaret Harris
    Colin Rochester
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2001
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-79313-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-79314-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-80224-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 240
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Social Policy
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