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Faith in the public realmControversies, policies and practices$
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Adam Dinham, Robert Furbey, and Vivien Lowndes

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420305

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420305.001.0001

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Faith and the voluntary sector in urban governance: distinctive yet similar?

Faith and the voluntary sector in urban governance: distinctive yet similar?

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(p.203) Eleven Faith and the voluntary sector in urban governance: distinctive yet similar?
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Faith in the public realm
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Rachael Chapman

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420305.003.0011

This chapter examines the role of faith-based organisations in British urban governance from the 1990s onwards. It determines whether faith-based organisations have characteristics that set them apart from voluntary and community sector (VCS). The chapter begins with a short review of the policy and research context as it applies to faith and VCS engagement in urban governance and civil society. After discussing the definitional and conceptual issues, the chapter weighs the contributions and experiences of faith-based organisations against the contributions and experiences of secular VCS organisations in urban governance. Urban governance refers to the engagement of statutory and non-governmental partners in the creation and delivery of public policies and services in the creation and delivery of public policies and services. The chapter ends by arguing that there are several similarities in the general contribution and experiences of secular VCS organisations and faith-based organisations in this context. However, there are also differences to the extent and nature of links to a faith tradition.

Keywords:   faith-based organisations, British urban governance, voluntary sector, community sector, urban governance, civil society

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