The cross-cutting review of the voluntary sector: where next for local government-voluntary sector relationships?

Stephen P. Osborne*, Kate McLaughlin

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    Abstract

    This paper evaluates the impact of the recent 'crosscutting review of the voluntary sector' by HM Treasury in the UK upon that sector and places it within the context of evolving relationships between government and voluntary and community organizations (VCOs) over the past 30 years. It argues that this review represents a shift away from the recent policy paradigm of community governance, and the co-governance of local services, and back towards one of co-production, with the role of VCOs being that of service agents. It discusses the import of this paradigmatic shift in public policy upon the CVO sector. It argues that this new paradigm is predicated upon an attempt to modernize the CVO sector and to develop neo-corporatist relationships by it with government that threatens both the distinctive competencies of the sector and its distinctive contribution to local public services. 

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)573-582
    Number of pages10
    JournalRegional studies
    Volume38
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2004

    Keywords

    • local government
    • partnership
    • public spending
    • voluntary sector

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