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Landscapes of voluntarismNew spaces of health, welfare and governance$
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Christine Milligan and David Conradson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346322

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346322.001.0001

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Contemporary landscapes of welfare: the ‘voluntary turn’?

Contemporary landscapes of welfare: the ‘voluntary turn’?

(p.1) One Contemporary landscapes of welfare: the ‘voluntary turn’?
Landscapes of voluntarism

Christine Milligan

David Conradson

Policy Press

This book brings together a collection of new and innovative work by researchers from states where issues of voluntarism and participation have become increasingly important for the development and delivery of social welfare policy. The states include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the US, and the UK. Those studies encompasses issues on the emergence of new political spaces in which the state and civil society are becoming hybridised, and within which voluntary organisations have become increasingly central to the implementation of policy and delivery of health and welfare services; the ways in which voluntary action can influence the nature of social, health and welfare services in particular places; and the importance of understanding the social, historical and political context within which landscapes of voluntarism emerge. The book focuses exclusively on developments in advanced capitalist welfare states where the voluntary sector has increasingly been viewed as a panacea for the problems of escalating demand.

Keywords:   voluntarism, social welfare, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, US, UK, society, health, capitalism

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