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Partnership and mainstreaming: voluntary action under New Labour

Alcock, Peter (2010) Partnership and mainstreaming: voluntary action under New Labour. Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.


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The focus of this paper is on the changing policy environment for voluntary action under the new Labour governments at the turn of the twenty-first century. This was a period of rapid policy change with a rise in the profile of voluntary action to rival, if not outstrip, that at any point in the previous century. This rising profile was also accompanied by terminological change, and debate, in effect the creation of a new entity – the third sector. The paper reviews the institutional and policy changes introduced by the Labour governments between 1997 and 2010, setting these in the context of previous political and policy development of the sector. It concludes by assessing the extent to which this constituted a new and distinctive policy regime, characterised by the notions of partnership and mainstreaming, and speculates on the future prospects for this in changing economic and political circumstances.

Type of Work:Monograph (Working Paper)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Number of Pages:21
Department:Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC)

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Date:March 2010
Series/Collection Name:TSRC Working Paper Series
Keywords:Third Sector, Voluntary Sector, Labour Government, Partnership, Mainstreaming
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
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Funders:Economic and Social Science Research Council, Office for Civil Society, Barrow Cadbury Trust
ID Code:793

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