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Lost to austerity, lost in austerity: rethinking the community sector in Ireland

Edited by Niall Crowley

in Community Groups in Context

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2017 | ISBN: 9781447327776
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781447327806 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781447327776.003.0006
Lost to austerity, lost in austerity: rethinking the community sector in Ireland

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The community sector is going through a period of crisis. Its funding is at risk, its voice is ignored, and its role is increasingly demarcated by the state. This crisis is being experienced in a context of severe austerity policies, however, its roots lie in the time of a booming economy. Now a survival agenda dominates the sector. Challenges of imagination in, organisation of, and approach by the community must be met if the community sector is to renew and re-energise and move beyond this stifling survival agenda.

Keywords: community sector; philanthropy; state; partnership; service provision; advocacy; survival; funding crisis; imagination; Ireland

Chapter.  7265 words. 

Subjects: Organizations

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