Ages of Voluntarism

Matthew Hilton and James McKay (eds) The Ages of Voluntarism: How we got to the Big Society (Oxford University Press, 2011)   Originally posted on the VAHS blog on 30 May 2012, based on a review in Contemporary British History. In recent decades, the history of voluntarism has moved from being a footnote for social historians …

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Charity and the Coalition

Originally posted on the VAHS blog as Charity and the Coalition: Whatever Happened to the Big Society? on 30 April 2012 What’s wrong with the Big Society? It’s dead, that’s what wrong with it. It’s not just resting. I’m an historian, so I know a dead policy initiative when I see one and and the …