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Neoliberalism and the Voluntary and Community Sector in NI

Ciaran Hughes and Markus Ketola


With a focus on the history, politics and economics of voluntary and community sector activity in Northern Ireland, this book explores the region’s neoliberal policy reforms and their implications for the sector, communities and governance. We chart the repeated ‘partnership turns’ in government rhetoric and policy, the networks and relationships that have developed between VCS actors and the state, and assess the nature and role of the sector after decades of financial and rhetorical support from governments and international funders. We will see how these developments had offered the volunta ... More

Keywords: voluntary sector, Northern Ireland, neoliberalism, network governance, community sector, partnership

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781447351184
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447351184.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ciaran Hughes, author

Markus Ketola, author
University of Edinburgh