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The Third Sector and the State in England

Hogg, Eddy, Kendall, Jeremy, Breeze, Beth (2015) The Third Sector and the State in England. Sociologia e Politiche Sociali, 18 (3). pp. 27-50. ISSN 1591-2027. E-ISSN 1972-5116. (doi:10.3280/SP2015-003003) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:54580)

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Third sector organisations and the state have sought to work together in England since the inception of the welfare state, yet rarely has there been greater debate about this relationship than at present. Successive governments have sought to redefine the dominant pattern, with the policy focus moving from more ad hoc relationships to an (expressed) commitment to partnership and, more recently, to a push towards relatively passive delivery of state contracts. This paper maps the sector, charts this changing relationship and explores key areas of debate: the role of charitable organisations in the English policy environment, the importance of scale with regards to relations between state and sector; and the impact of commissioning in recent years. We conclude by considering the potential implication of change for the distinctiveness of the third sector.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3280/SP2015-003003
Uncontrolled keywords: Third Sector, England, Charity, Partnership, Commissioning
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV40 Charities
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Beth Breeze
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2016 15:05 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 14:46 UTC
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