‘Supporting’ the voluntary sector in an age of austerity: the UK coalition government’s consultation on improving support for frontline civil society organisations in England
Macmillan, Rob (2011)


While the idea of ‘support’ for the third sector is a continuous thread across political contexts, its nature and extent is likely to change. Based on a critical interpretation of the United Kingdom (UK) coalition government’s consultation paper Supporting a stronger civil society
(Office for Civil Society, 2010), this paper suggests that ‘support’ should be viewed with some ambivalence. Rather than a neutral set of mechanisms for improving the operation and effectiveness of third sector organisations, ‘support’ may disguise hidden assumptions about how the third sector
ought to be different.


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