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From the third sector to the Big Society: consensus or contention in the 2010 UK general election?

From the third sector to the Big Society: consensus or contention in the 2010 UK general election?
From the third sector to the Big Society: consensus or contention in the 2010 UK general election?
The 2010 election marked a turning-point in British politics, with a new Coalition government replacing the Labour administration which had been in power for thirteen years. This resulted in an apparent change in policy on the third sector, from a period of ‘hyperactive mainstreaming’ in which significant support was provided for the sector to the ‘Big Society’ agenda under which voluntary and community action are promoted as an alternative to state intervention. This article explores this transition through analysis of the presentation of third sector politics in the election campaign and the subsequent development of these under the new government, providing an insight into the relationships between electoral politics and policy development within the UK.
big society, politics, third sector, uk general election
2040-8056
347-363
Alcock, P.
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Kendall, J.
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Parry, Jane
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Alcock, P.
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Kendall, J.
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Parry, Jane
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Alcock, P., Kendall, J. and Parry, Jane (2013) From the third sector to the Big Society: consensus or contention in the 2010 UK general election? Voluntary Sector Review, 3 (3), 347-363. (doi:10.1332/204080512X658054).

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The 2010 election marked a turning-point in British politics, with a new Coalition government replacing the Labour administration which had been in power for thirteen years. This resulted in an apparent change in policy on the third sector, from a period of ‘hyperactive mainstreaming’ in which significant support was provided for the sector to the ‘Big Society’ agenda under which voluntary and community action are promoted as an alternative to state intervention. This article explores this transition through analysis of the presentation of third sector politics in the election campaign and the subsequent development of these under the new government, providing an insight into the relationships between electoral politics and policy development within the UK.

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Published date: November 2013
Keywords: big society, politics, third sector, uk general election
Organisations: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

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Local EPrints ID: 348719
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/348719
ISSN: 2040-8056
PURE UUID: 4846bec7-1012-4b12-b47a-3aee06478c56

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Date deposited: 18 Feb 2013 15:30
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 04:48

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Author: P. Alcock
Author: J. Kendall
Author: Jane Parry

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