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Transformational Moments in Social Welfare

What Role for Voluntary Action?

By Georgina Brewis, Angela Paine, Irene Hardill, Rose Lindsey and Rob Macmillan

Published

Sep 14, 2021

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1447357209

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Sep 14, 2021

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1447357230

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
Transformational Moments in Social Welfare

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During the consolidation of the Welfare State in the 1940s, and its reshaping in the 2010s, the boundaries between the state, voluntary action, the family and the market were called into question.

This interdisciplinary book explores the impact of these ‘transformational moments’ on the role, position and contribution of voluntary action to social welfare. It considers how different narratives have been constructed, articulated and contested by public, political and voluntary sector actors, making comparisons within and across the 1940s and 2010s.

With a unique analysis of recent and historical material, this important book illuminates contemporary debates about voluntary action and welfare.

“An enjoyable and accessible read, of interest to academics and practitioners alike. Reflective without being nostalgic, this is a great read for anyone who asks the voluntary sector ‘Who do you think you are?’.” Karl Wilding, Independent Analyst and Consultant

"Thoroughly researched and timely, this book provides a much-needed and welcome historical perspective to debates about the future of welfare in the UK today." Marilyn Taylor, Institute for Voluntary Action Research

"This scholarly and highly readable book uses historical and contemporary analysis of two pivotal moments in the history of the welfare state to shed new light on the relationship between the state and voluntary sector - past, present and future." Justin Davis Smith, Bayes Business School

Georgina Brewis is Associate Professor in the History of Education at University College London.

Angela Ellis Paine is a research fellow at the Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham.

Irene Hardill is Professor of Public Policy at Northumbria University.

Rose Lindsey is a senior research fellow at the University of Southampton.

Rob Macmillan is a principal research fellow at Sheffield Hallam University.

one Transformational moments?

two Researching voluntary action and welfare

three Positioning voluntary action in social welfare

four Social welfare needs

five Working together in a mixed economy of welfare

six Making room for voluntary action

seven Challenging the moving frontier?