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Enterprising care?Unpaid voluntary action in the 21st century$
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Irene Hardill

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427212

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427212.001.0001

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The big issue of the Big Society: mobilising communities alongside fiscal austerity

The big issue of the Big Society: mobilising communities alongside fiscal austerity

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(p.147) Eight The big issue of the Big Society: mobilising communities alongside fiscal austerity
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Enterprising care?
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Irene Hardill

Susan Baines

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427212.003.0008

This chapter consists of a synthesis of the evidence presented and a critical assessment of the three theoretical concepts as an explanation for voluntary action in the 21st century. It is forward-looking and examines emerging future trends and the implications for unpaid voluntary action in a period of economic and social uncertainty for liberal democracies with an ageing demographic profile. It notes that the VCS and volunteers are more visible now in Britain than ever and it is the higher expectations of them that place them in the limelight, and the coalition government is reimagining volunteering and the VCS in the Big Society. It adds that the central themes of the Big Society philosophy — compassionate conservatism, devolution of responsibility, and empowerment of citizens — have been central to David Cameron's political ideology.

Keywords:   theoretical concepts, voluntary action, responsibility, liberal democracies, VCS, Big Society, David Cameron

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