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Book review: Linda Milbourne voluntary sector in transition: hard times or new opportunities?

Ishkanian, Armine (2015) Book review: Linda Milbourne voluntary sector in transition: hard times or new opportunities? Critical Social Policy, 35 (1). pp. 158-160. ISSN 0261-0183

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0261018314553545c


Linda Milbourne Voluntary Sector in Transition: Hard Times or New Opportunities?, Bristol: Policy Press, 2013. 224 pp. £70 (hbk). ISBN 9781847427236 This book by Linda Milbourne is a theoretically informed and empirically rich study of how recent political and policy developments in England have affected the voluntary sector and how voluntary sector organisations (VSOs) are responding, adapting and in some instances, resisting these developments. Whilst it is primarily based on research conducted during the time of New Labour, Milbourne also examines continuities and changes in the policy landscape that have occurred under the Coalition government since 2010. The author illustrates, in great detail, how the policy landscape is changing and examines the challenges faced by VSOs on a number of fronts including the substantial reduction in funding; growing privatisation of public services and contracting; and the continuing dominance and growth of a culture of managerialism with its emphasis on ‘performance management’. Milbourne draws on extensive field research conducted in England to demonstrate how VSOs are coming under increased pressure to show impact by providing measurable evidence of outcomes and to demonstrate efficiency.

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Divisions: Social Policy
Conflict and Civil Society
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2015 11:53
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:01

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