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From the third sector to the Big Society: consensus or contention in the 2010 UK General Election?

Alcock, Peter, Kendall, Jeremy, Parry, Jane (2012) From the third sector to the Big Society: consensus or contention in the 2010 UK General Election? Voluntary Sector Review, 3 (3). pp. 347-363. ISSN 2040-8056. E-ISSN 2040-8064. (doi:10.1332/204080512X658054) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The 2010 General Election marked a turning-point in British politics, with a new coalition government replacing the Labour administration that had been in power for 13 years. This resulted in an apparent change in policy on the third sector, from a period of 'hyperactive mainstreaming' in which significant support was provided for the sector to the 'Big Society' agenda under which voluntary and community action are promoted as an alternative to state intervention. This article explores this transition through analysis of the presentation of third sector politics in the election campaign and the subsequent development of these under the new government, providing an insight into the relationships between electoral politics and policy development within the United Kingdom.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1332/204080512X658054
Uncontrolled keywords: BIG SOCIETY; POLITICS; THIRD SECTOR; UK GENERAL ELECTION
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Social Policy
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2014 14:01 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:01 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/38890 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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