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From the third sector to the Big Society: Consensus or contention in the 2010 UK general election?

Alcock, Pete (2012) From the third sector to the Big Society: Consensus or contention in the 2010 UK general election? Voluntary Sector Review, 3 (3). ISSN 2040-8056

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Identification Number/DOI: 10.1332/204080512X658054

The 2010 election marked a turning-point in British politics, with a new Coalition government replacing the Labour administration which had been in power for thirteen 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.

Type of Work:Article
Date:November 2012 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:Third Sector Research Centre
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Keywords:Third Sector, Big Society, Policy, Election
Subjects:H Social Sciences (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Policy Press
ID Code:1407
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