Politics and campaigning

Colin Barnes and Geof Mercer

in Independent futures

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9781861347183
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302599 | DOI:
Politics and campaigning

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This chapter examines the conflicts and dilemmas for user-controlled organizations that arise from their dual roles of service provider and political advocate for disabled people's rights. Two main questions are posed: first, how far have disabled people's organizations maintained their traditional role in political campaigning and advocacy? Second, how far, and in what ways, has their campaigning role been constrained by the demands of being a service provider within an organizational and policy environment that is liable to prove hostile to overt political engagement. The discussion examines first, the range of campaigning activities, from local to international levels, engaged in by user-led organizations, second, the aims and tactics of campaigning, third, the range and character of ‘consciousness-raising’ activities; and finally, the impact of campaigning on the relationships with funding bodies.

Keywords: user-controlled organizations; user-led services; disabled people's rights; campaigning

Chapter.  7342 words. 

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