A new age of interdependence: managing relationships between the voluntary sector and government
Crouch, Gregory (2011)


The voluntary sector’s engagement in policy development and public service contracting has had a major effect on its relationship with the state. This paper reports the findings from interviews with five chief executives on the subject of independence vis-à-vis government. While
there is evidence to suggest that contractual funding arrangements do impose certain constraints, of greater concern are poor working relationships between commissioners and voluntary sector contractors. It is further argued that when it comes to debates around voluntary sector independence,
the concept of ‘interdependence’ better conveys the new environment in which many voluntary sector organisations operate.


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