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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

1 Jun 2021

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1447357209

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

1 Jun 2021

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1447357216

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

1 Jun 2021

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1447357230

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
Transformational Moments in Social Welfare

Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence.

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.

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.

Transformational moments

Understanding voluntary action and welfare

Positioning voluntary action in social welfare

A mixed economy of welfare

The mediating effect of context

Deploying strategic narratives to make room for voluntary action

Challenging moving frontiers: Discussion and conclusions