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The Third Sector Delivering Public ServicesDevelopments, Innovations and Challenges$
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James Rees and David Mullins

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447322399

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447322399.001.0001

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The context for service delivery: third sector, state and market relationships 1997–2015

The context for service delivery: third sector, state and market relationships 1997–2015

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(p.41) Three The context for service delivery: third sector, state and market relationships 1997–2015
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The Third Sector Delivering Public Services
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Heather Buckingham

James Rees

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447322399.003.0003

This chapter focuses in greater detail on the crucial New Labour and Coalition government periods; comparing and contrasting the policy and practice of the two periods. It has two broad aims: to provide a historical overview of policy, practice and academic debates that have surrounded the often controversial role of the third sector in public service delivery; and to tease out underlying continuities and points of difference in the stances of these governments towards the sector. The analysis is framed by the welfare triangle developed by Adalbert Evers, with a consequent focus on the interfaces with the state, market and informal sectors. Whilst shifts in discourse and practice are detected, the chapter identifies an underlying continuation of trajectories initiated in the 1980s including movement towards market-based forms of provision, the reduction of the scale of the welfare state, and aspirations to harness the perceived positive contribution of the third sector.

Keywords:   New Labour, Coalition governments, third sector, public service delivery, Adalbert Evers

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