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Voluntary sector in transitionHard times or new opportunities?$
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Linda Milbourne

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427236

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427236.001.0001

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Values and Visions for a Future Voluntary Sector?

Values and Visions for a Future Voluntary Sector?

(p.203) Nine Values and Visions for a Future Voluntary Sector?
Voluntary sector in transition

Linda Milbourne

Policy Press

This chapter brings together themes from earlier chapters considering implications for a future voluntary sector. Previous chapters highlighted the exercise of governmental power; isomorphic pressures from dominant organisational arrangements; and ideologies associated with the state, market and collaborative governance that have framed discourse and processes of change surrounding voluntary organisations. In particular, the depoliticisation of potentially contested territory, such as in VS advocacy prompts questions about the extent to which independent choices and actions have been curtailed through being drawn into discharging state purposes. This chapter develops these ideas, framing discussion in terms of three questions: the concept of a distinctive voluntary sector role and its potential erosion; the future role of the state in shaping voluntary organisations; and the space within contemporary changes for resistance and positive opportunities. With the emphasis on entrepreneurialism and corporate contracts, the chapter identifies voluntary sector relationships with business as significant in future research but highlights the integral role of the state in casting the voluntary sector's future role in social welfare and more widely. However, the chapter argues the space for alternative narratives which will demand a re-assessment of voluntary sector identities, boundaries and the construction of new alliances.

Keywords:   Social inequality, State retreat, Democracy, Business, Government, Hegemony, Alliance, Distinctiveness, Independence

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