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Volunteering, geography and welfare: a multilevel investigation of geographical variations in voluntary action

John Mohan, Liz Twigg, Kelvyn Jones and Steve Barnard

in Landscapes of voluntarism

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346322
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302650 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346322.003.0015
Volunteering, geography and welfare: a multilevel investigation of geographical variations in voluntary action

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This chapter explores the relationship between individual and area characteristics and the probability that an individual will become a ‘committed volunteer’. According to the General Household Survey, a ‘committed volunteer’, is someone who is engaged in voluntary activity on at least 11 days in a year. The chapter describes the data source used and the modelling strategy developed. The resultant models allow the assessment of the proportion of total variation occurring at each of the levels and provide some indication of the relative importance of each explanatory variable in accounting for this variation. The chapter discusses the results from a multilevel analysis of the determinants of volunteering. It explains why this approach yields novel insights and discusses the practical implications of the results. The chapter concludes that, on the basis of this analysis, there is some evidence that geography matters to volunteering — but not at the scale of regions, and certainly not as much as individual socioeconomic characteristics.

Keywords: volunteering; geography; committed volunteer; modelling; socioeconomics

Chapter.  7976 words. 

Subjects: Organizations

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