Contemporary landscapes of welfare: the ‘voluntary turn’?

Christine Milligan and David Conradson

in Landscapes of voluntarism

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346322
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302650 | DOI:
Contemporary landscapes of welfare: the ‘voluntary turn’?

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This book brings together a collection of new and innovative work by researchers from states where issues of voluntarism and participation have become increasingly important for the development and delivery of social welfare policy. The states include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the US, and the UK. Those studies encompasses issues on the emergence of new political spaces in which the state and civil society are becoming hybridised, and within which voluntary organisations have become increasingly central to the implementation of policy and delivery of health and welfare services; the ways in which voluntary action can influence the nature of social, health and welfare services in particular places; and the importance of understanding the social, historical and political context within which landscapes of voluntarism emerge. The book focuses exclusively on developments in advanced capitalist welfare states where the voluntary sector has increasingly been viewed as a panacea for the problems of escalating demand.

Keywords: voluntarism; social welfare; Australia; Canada; New Zealand; US; UK; society; health; capitalism

Chapter.  6578 words. 

Subjects: Organizations

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