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Neoliberalism and violence: the Big Society and the changing politics of domestic violence in England

Ishkanian, Armine (2014) Neoliberalism and violence: the Big Society and the changing politics of domestic violence in England. Critical Social Policy, online . pp. 1-22. ISSN 0261-0183

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Abstract

Focusing on the domestic violence sector as a case study, this article examines how the Big Society agenda, coming alongside public spending cuts, is affecting the independence and ability of women’s organizations to engage in progressive policy shaping. By situating the analysis of the Big Society agenda within the broader context of international civil society strengthening programmes, the article considers how the processes currently unfolding in England, share certain similarities to what has happened globally wherever neoliberal policies aimed at instrumentalizing civil society for service delivery have been implemented. It contends that the policies of the Big Society agenda, which are aimed at strengthening the ‘capacity’ of civil society, are instead creating a situation where the independence and ability of civil society organizations to engage in progressive policy making is weakened.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://intl-csp.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2014 14:07
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/55524/

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