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Austerity, Youth Policy and the Deconstruction of the Youth Service in England


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. The New Labour Legacies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Bernard Davies
      Pages 23-43
  3. Austerity Bites

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Bernard Davies
      Pages 89-105
  4. Wider Youth Policy Agendas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Bernard Davies
      Pages 109-126
    3. Bernard Davies
      Pages 127-139
    4. Bernard Davies
      Pages 141-155
    5. Bernard Davies
      Pages 157-177
  5. Youth Policies in Action

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Bernard Davies
      Pages 181-194
    3. Bernard Davies
      Pages 195-215
    4. Bernard Davies
      Pages 217-235
    5. Bernard Davies
      Pages 237-254
  6. Training and Qualifying for Work with Young People

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279

About this book


This timely book presents a vital analysis of the politics, policy and practice of youth work services in England and the impacts of the austerity agenda introduced after the 2007-08 financial crisis.

Davies frames his research within the ideological, political and economic context of the last decade, contemplating the prescriptions of neoliberalism, and various other socio-political developments. He illustrates how wider government policies, programmes and initiatives have marred the purposes and methods of the Youth Service and youth work facilities, forging connections with what this means for young people and youth work. 

Unique in its depth and detail, this book is one of the first comprehensive, evidenced and up-to-date accounts of UK Youth Policy. It is an essential and invaluable resource for youth educators, researchers, service managers, practitioners and activists, as well as scholars and students of youth studies, social policy, public policy, and history.


UK youth policy 2007-2018 New Labour Coalition government Conservative government Local authority Access Funding cuts Positive for Youth paper National Citizens Service Voluntary sector Neoliberalism Austerity Big Society Localism Early Intervention Step Up To Serve Youth service

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.WarkwickshireUK

About the authors

Bernard Davies was Youth Officer (Training), Sheffield Youth Service, from 1987-1992; Visiting Research Fellow, University of Dundee, UK from 2004-06; and Visiting Professor, De Montfort University, UK, from 2006-2014. He is also a Steering Group Member of the In Defence of Youth Work campaign.

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