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Big Society and the ‘new austerity’

Last month the new economics foundation published its report on Surviving Austerity. Since the Coalition took office they have been following the impact of its welfare reforms and public sector cuts in the poorest parts of Birmingham and London, and these … Continue reading

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Volunteering before 1960?

Why does a dominant version of the history of volunteering suggest that volunteering reached a low ebb during the years after 1945 until a so-called ‘volunteer boom’ in the 1960s: a rediscovery of volunteering to sit alongside the better known … Continue reading

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Voluntary Sector in Transition: Hard Times or New Opportunities?

Later this month the Policy Press will publish a new book by Dr Linda Milbourne of Birkbeck, University of London entitled Voluntary Sector in Transition: Hard Times of New Opportunities? Ahead of its publication, she shares a few thoughts with … Continue reading

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Echoes of the Big Society

There was an echo of an almost forgotten political slogan at the final Prime Minister’s Questions of 2012. Ed Miliband raised the question of food banks (6 minutes into the video above). David Cameron responded, rather unsuccessfully, by recognising ‘volunteers … Continue reading

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Podcast: Making the English Patient (Consumer): Patient Groups and Health Consumerism, 1960s-2000s

VAHS Seminar given by Dr Alex Mold of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on 24 May 2010  [audio http://historyspot.org.uk/sites/default/files/field/media-file/vahs-20100524_0.mp3] ABSTRACT The patient consumer currently occupies a central position in attempts to reform Britain’s National Health Service.  Framed around … Continue reading

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