This important book is the first edited collection to provide an up to date and comprehensive overview of the third sector’s role in public service delivery. Exploring areas such as social enterprise, capacity building, volunteering and social value, the authors provide a platform for academic and policy debates on the topic. Drawing on research carried out at the ESRC funded Third Sector Research Centre, the book charts the historical development of the state-third sector relationship, and reviews the major debates and controversies accompanying recent shifts in that relationship. It is a valuable resource for social science academics and postgraduate students as well as policymakers and practitioners in the public and third sectors in fields such as criminal justice, health, housing and social care.
There are great expectations of voluntary action in contemporary Britain but limited in-depth insight into the level, distribution and understanding of what constitutes voluntary activity. Drawing on extensive survey data and written accounts of citizen engagement, this book charts change and continuity in voluntary activity since 1981.
How voluntary action has been defined and measured is considered alongside individuals’ accounts of their participation and engagement in volunteering over their lifecourses. Addressing fundamental questions such as whether the public are cynical about or receptive to calls for greater voluntary action, the book considers whether respective government expectations of volunteering can really be fulfilled. Is Britain really a “shared society”, or a “big society”, and what is the scope for expansion of voluntary effort?
This pioneering study combines rich, qualitative material from the Mass Observation Archive between 1981 and 2012, and data from many longitudinal and cross-sectional social surveys.
Part of the Third Sector Research Series, this book is informed by research undertaken at the Third Sector Research Centre, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and Barrow Cadbury Trust.
The first book of its kind, this volume brings together a range of experts to review key methodological issues in the study of voluntary action, charitable behaviour and participation in voluntary organisations.
Using case studies from around the world – from ethnography to media analysis and surveys to peer research – chapters illustrate the challenges of researching altruistic actions and our conceptualisations of them. Across different fields and methods, authors unpick the methodological innovations and challenges in their own research to help guide future study.
Demystifying research and deepening our ability to understand the role of the third sector, this accessible book is suitable for social researchers at all levels.
In the past decade community groups have been portrayed as the solution to many social problems. Yet the role of ‘below the regulatory radar’ community action has received little research attention and thus is poorly understood in terms of both policy and practice.
Focusing on self-organised community activity, this book offers the first collection of papers developing theoretical and empirically grounded knowledge of the informal, unregistered, yet largest, part of the voluntary sector. The collection includes work from leading academics, activists, policy makers and practitioners offering a new and coherent understanding of community action ‘below the radar’.
The book is part of the Third Sector Research Series which is informed by research undertaken at the Third Sector Research Centre, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and Barrow Cadbury Trust.
This book charts the changing relationships between government, voluntary and community organisations in Northern Ireland since the Good Friday Agreement.
It considers the role these actors have played in rolling out and normalising neoliberal discourses and policies. With lessons about the impact of neoliberal policies on governance, relationships and the peace process, this study explores how a core part of civil society has been shaped by both local policy priorities and broader political and economic processes.
scheme, the Work Programme (Rees et al, 2013). The empirical research involved interviews at the national level with prime providers, employment services and third sector infrastructure bodies, and a phone survey and interviews with providers (of all sectors) in two areas of England (see Rees et al, 2013 for details). We contrast this with the findings of the evaluation of the Coalition’s other scheme, Work Choice, aimed at those with disabilities (Purvis et al, 2013). The chapter first outlines the evolution of contracted employment services from the 1980s
these debates. We trace the key role of the disability and service-user led movement in developing the principles of personalisation – particularly choice and control – in England. We then critically examine the designing of personalisation in government policy, linking personalisation to policies aimed at the expansion of the adult social care market. We 190 The third sector delivering public services go on to assess the implications and impacts of delivering personalisation for TSOs. We conclude with current challenges facing personalisation in adult social
never collected data on writers’ ‘protected characteristics’ (under the UK Equality Act 2010) in relation to: ethnicity, race, religious identity, disability or sexual orientation. Sheridan, former director of the MOA, and other members of the MOA, have stated anecdotally that the MOA made a formal decision not to collect these types of personal data when the contemporary MOP was founded in 1981. The writing project was set up during a period of extreme social, political and public volatility towards minority groups: Far Right movements were extremely active; the
Barriers Motivations Employment Personality Skills Children reach pre-school or school age Volunteering as a child Getting a job Moving house Life transition - extended family disability Retirement stopper starts again Retirement Ideological view points Personal need Identity Social ties Health Becoming an adult Children becoming adults Getting a job Moving house Life transition - bereavement Retirement starter stops Retirement Age/health Routes in Routes out Volunteering 167 Spare time, capacity and conceptualisation of volunteering as work or leisure In Chapter Six we
disabilities promoting independent living and large organisations providing services to people with disabilities. This does not allow for any broad shared agenda for social change to be pursued as a sector. It also divides organisations from others they might have more fruitful relationships with but are in some other sector, such as migrant rights organisations working to improve the situation of migrant workers and trade unions. This limits the power base that could be developed by the sector. The shared value base of equality of outcomes, social justice