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“Putting narrow-mindedness out of countenance”: the UK voluntary sector in the new millennium

Deakin, Nicholas (2000) “Putting narrow-mindedness out of countenance”: the UK voluntary sector in the new millennium. Civil Society Working Paper series (4). Centre for Civil Society (London School of Economics and Political Science), London, UK. ISBN 0753013460

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The past environment for voluntary action conceived of voluntary organisations as acting as an “extension ladder” for the state. But the changes now taking place in the state’s role has fundamentally changed the context. The paper explores various alternative responses, including greater reliance on the market and making a new relationship with the state through formal compacts, before exploring some possible alternative futures for the sector. Themes of particular significance for those futures include the financial and economic climate, efficiency in service delivery, legitimacy and the decentralisation of the state’s functions. The paper concludes by placing these developments in the context of a wider debate currently taking place about the future of civil society.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2000 The author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JC Political theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2010 15:41
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 22:48

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