The “Blairing” of the Edges Third Sector and the Third Way Barriers to the Fulfilment of Expectations of and from Voluntary Sector Organisations Under a New Labour Government

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The “Blairing” of the Edges
Third Sector and the Third Way
Barriers to the fulfilment of expectations of and from voluntary sector organisations under a New Labour government

Dissertation for MSc
Voluntary Sector Policy & Administration (SA475)
June 2000
Department of Social Policy
London School of Economics & Political Science

Synopsis

Voluntary organisations as a vehicle for volunteering, for active citizenship and for a healthier, civil society have become an important of New Labour’s thinking. The voluntary sector is also identified as a vehicle through which government priorities may be more effectively addressed in particular, measures to address social exclusion[1]. This dissertation considers the current state of the relationship between the voluntary sector and the Government and seeks to identify barriers to the fulfilment of this political vision in the context of one Department’s work.[2]

The study discusses the findings in the light of the emerging thinking on the Third Way and the substantial body of work on contracting - the medium through which much of the relationship is conducted in the case of the DfEE.

Whereas there is an apparent willingness to consider measures to overcome recognised barriers, there appears to be confusion about the extent to which goal deflection may have damaged the legitimacy of voluntary sector organisations. There is therefore uncertainty about which part of the voluntary sector (service delivery organisations, the community sector or social entrepreneurs) is best placed to provide a vehicle through which way Third Way aspirations can be achieved, if indeed they can be.

Table of Contents

Chapter One Introduction 4

Chapter Two Methodology 7

Chapter Three Context / Literature Review 9 New Labour - Third Way 9 Definitions 10 Voluntary Sector 10 Community and Associations 11 Social Economy 13…...

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