Voluntarism and new forms of governance in rural communities

Bill Edwards and Michael Woods

in Landscapes of voluntarism

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346322
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302650 | DOI:
Voluntarism and new forms of governance in rural communities

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This chapter investigates the roles of voluntary and community organisations' (VCO) s in working alongside formal institutions of local government in community governance. It analyses the enrolment of VCOs in partnerships at different scales from the community to the region, emphasising issues of the effectiveness of engagement by VCOs and scales of representation. It discusses the interactions between parish, town and community councils and VCOs within communities. Thus, it explores how relations between councils and VCOs can be shaped by geographical context and the constitution of the local voluntary and community sector. It provides examples drawn from a series of research projects undertaken since the mid-1990s.

Keywords: voluntary organisations; community governance; community organisations; rural; parish council; town council; community council

Chapter.  8215 words. 

Subjects: Organizations

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