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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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Voluntarism and new forms of governance in rural communities

Voluntarism and new forms of governance in rural communities

(p.53) Four Voluntarism and new forms of governance in rural communities
Landscapes of voluntarism

Bill Edwards

Michael Woods

Policy Press

This chapter investigates the roles of voluntary and community organisations' (VCO) s in working alongside formal institutions of local government in community governance. It analyses the enrolment of VCOs in partnerships at different scales from the community to the region, emphasising issues of the effectiveness of engagement by VCOs and scales of representation. It discusses the interactions between parish, town and community councils and VCOs within communities. Thus, it explores how relations between councils and VCOs can be shaped by geographical context and the constitution of the local voluntary and community sector. It provides examples drawn from a series of research projects undertaken since the mid-1990s.

Keywords:   voluntary organisations, community governance, community organisations, rural, parish council, town council, community council

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