A New Agenda for Social Welfare?
Edited by Armine Ishkanian and Simon Szreter
The book is divided into two sections, history and policy, which together provide readers with a historically grounded, internationally informed, and multidisciplinary analysis of the Big Society policies. The introduction and conclusion tie the strands together, providing a coherent analysis of the key issues in both sections. Various chapters in this study examine the limitations and consider the challenges involved in translating the ideas of the Big Society agenda into practice.
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- The Big Society Debate A New Agenda for Social Welfare?
- Introduction: What is Big Society? Contemporary Social Policy in a Historical and Comparative Perspective
- Chapter 1: ‘Big Society’ and ‘Great Society’: A Problem in the History of Ideas
- Chapter 2: Britain’s Social Welfare Provision in the Long Run: The Importance of Accountable, Well-financed Local Government
- Chapter 3: Big Society, Legal Structures, Poor Law and the Myth of a Voluntary Society
- Chapter 4: Mutual Aid and the Big Society
- Chapter 5: Big Society and the National Citizen Service: Young People, Volunteering and Engagement with Charities c.1900–1960
- Chapter 6: Charities, Voluntary Organisations and Non-governmental Organisations in Britain Since 1945
- Chapter 7: Charity and Big Society
- Chapter 8: ‘Big Society’ as a Rhetorical Intervention
- Chapter 9: Funding and the Big Society
- Chapter 10: Government, Foundations and Big Society: Will You be my Friend?
- Chapter 11: Can we ‘Nudge’ Citizens Towards More Civic Action?
- Chapter 12: The Big Society and Volunteering: Ambitions and Expectations
- Chapter 13: European Perspectives on the Big Society Agenda
- Chapter 14: From ‘Shock Therapy’ to Big Society: Lessons from the Post-Socialist Transitions
- Conclusion: The Big Society and Social Policy
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