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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.
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.
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