Voluntarisms and the Welfare State

Academic book reviews tend to take a long time before they appear in print. Some take longer than others. David Cameron was still Prime Minister when I promised to write a review of Armine Ishkanian and Simon Szreter's edited collection on the 'big society' for the journal Cultural and Social History. By the time I …

In Frankurt: Voluntary Action

As luck would have it, the cheap train was the one that took the scenic route - along the Rhine down from Cologne to Frankfurt. Much luckier than those planning to fly over from Birmingham that day, grounded by the Lufthansa cockpit strike. It meant I found myself alongside Kate Bradley and Lucy Robinson as …