Serving as an introduction to the UK's voluntary sector, this book builds on the foundations lain in an earlier book by Kendall and Dahrendorf. Using a comparative approach to place the UK voluntary sector in perspective, this book considers the scope, scale, structure, and impact of the voluntary sector's activities on society.

Based on both qualitative and quantitative evidence, this informative book includes statistical mapping of the sector, as well as semi-structured interviews conducted with voluntary sector policy actors. A much-needed addition to the current literature, The Voluntary Sector provides a theoretical framework and in-depth analysis of an increasingly important area.

chapter 1|2 pages


chapter 1|4 pages

3 Definitions and concepts

part |2 pages

PART I Voluntary sector inputs and processes

chapter |4 pages

Box 2.2 Educational hybrids

chapter 3|1 pages

2A theoretical framework

chapter |7 pages

Box 3.6 Mutualism and social enterprise

chapter 4|2 pages

The horizontal voluntary sector agenda

Initial implementation experiences

part |2 pages

PART II Voluntary sector impacts and outcomes

chapter 5|14 pages

Introduction to Part II

chapter 6|4 pages

Overall voluntary sector impacts

Research and rhetoric in the UK

chapter 8|6 pages

2 The policy legacy

chapter |14 pages

Box 9.5 Ecological modernization

part |2 pages

PART III Summary and conclusion

chapter 10|16 pages

Summary and conclusion

Comparative perspectives on the monster

chapter 10|4 pages

4 The monster’s welfare: future unknown?