This is the first book to explore the different relationships between active citizenship and civil society, particularly the third sector within civil society. In what ways can the third sector nurture active citizenship? How have the third sector and active citizenship been constructed and reconstructed both locally and internationally, over recent years? To what extent have new kinds of social connectedness, changing forms of political engagement and increasingly complex social and environmental problems influenced civil society action? Written by experts in the field, this important book draws on a range of theory and empirical studies to explore these questions in different socio-political contexts and will be a useful resource for academics and students as well as practitioners.
Developing placement capacity in
Sallie Allison, Dawn Clarke, Hannah Jago and Margaret Jelley
This chapter explores the principles that underpin the development
of agency capacity to provide high-quality practice learning in third-
sector agencies even when there is no qualified social worker on site. It
is a reasonable expectation that students of any profession will learn to
practise alongside an experienced and skilled practitioner. Indeed, the
most recent Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) issued by
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.
In the earlier parts of this book, the hard structures needed to support
healthy communities were reviewed from the perspectives of health
and care integration (Part I), the regional specific responses of local
government, impacted by austerity budgeting (Part II) and the changing
socio-legal dimensions of procurement and commissioning (Part III).
Part IV acknowledges that local authorities are, increasingly, enablers
of change, and recognises the role of the thirdsector in providing
The thirdsector in context
Chapter Three highlighted the ambiguities inherent in defining the
thirdsector. This chapter explores further the changing boundaries
between the state, the market and the thirdsector, discussing different
ways of understanding the relationship between the sectors over time
and space and the implications for thirdsector organisations as channels
for civil commitment and activism. It then draws on institutional and
governmentality theory to consider the implications of blurring and
hybridisation for the
The moving frontier and beyond:
the thirdsector and social policy
Rob Macmillan and Jeremy Kendall
Asked to identify the most influential books and articles in social
policy, the lists of many social policy scholars would probably
include Esping-Andersen’s (1990) The three worlds of welfare capitalism.
The elaboration of three ideal-typical ‘welfare regimes’ (liberal,
conservative-corporatist and social democratic) has transformed the
way we think about social policy and welfare states (Powell, 2016:
660). Yet, its theoretical
W(h)ither the thirdsector?
Over the past 50 years or so, civil society – and particularly the thirdsector within it – has attracted growing attention as a key site for
nurturing the active citizenship that is seen by many as the bedrock
of a democratic society.
A number of factors have contributed to this current interest.
Revolutions against authoritarian regimes, particularly in the 1980s and
1990s, and more recently, were hailed at the time as demonstrating that
citizens were taking power to themselves. Meanwhile, falling
Civil society and the thirdsector
To understand the relationship between the thirdsector and active
citizenship we now need to consider the ways in which the concept of
the thirdsector is constructed and how it is framed theoretically. The
thirdsector is located in what has come to be known as civil society.
But the concepts of both the thirdsector and civil society have been
subject to contestation and changing emphases. This chapter begins,
therefore, with discussion of the varying approaches to, and uses of, the
idea of civil
GP commissioning: implications for the thirdsector
Helen Dickinson1 and Robin Miller
The reforms proposed in the 2010 UK National Health Service (NHS) White Paper hold the
potential for major changes to the landscape of the NHS. Although the thirdsector is not
mentioned very much in this document, the implications for the sector are significant. This
paper sets out the recent history of NHS reform and the detail of the changes before outlining
some of the potential implications of these changes for the thirdsector.
The publication of