100 Years of NCVO and Voluntary Action

Idealists and Realists

Authors: Davis Smith, Justin

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  • Examines for the first time the history of the NCVO covering all of its 100 years, during which time it was at the heart of key developments in the charity sector
  • Provides a clearer understanding of how the voluntary sector got to where it is today, and what the challenges and opportunities are for the future
  • Taps into the growing interest worldwide in the voluntary sector, charity and volunteering among policy makers, practitioners and academics
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This book explores the rich history of voluntary action in the United Kingdom over the past 100 years, through the lens of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), which celebrates its centenary in 2019. From its establishment at the end of the First World War, through the creation of the Welfare State in the middle of the twentieth century, to New Labour and the Big Society at the beginning of this century, NCVO has been at the forefront of major developments within society and the voluntary movement. The book examines its many successes, including its role in establishing high-profile charities such as Age Concern, the Youth Hostels Association, and National Association of Citizens’ Advice Bureaux. It charts the development of closer relations with the state, resulting in growing awareness of the value of voluntary action, increased funding, and beneficial changes to public policy, tax and charity law. But it also explores the criticisms NCVO has faced, in particular that by pursuing a partnership agenda and championing professionalisation, it has contributed to an erosion of the movement’s independence and distinctiveness.


About the authors

Justin Davis Smith is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass Business School, City, University of London, UK. He was previously Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research, Chief Executive of Volunteering England, and Executive Director of NCVO. He has previously co-edited An Introduction to the Voluntary Sector (1995), and authored The Attlee and Churchill Administrations and Industrial Unrest (1990).

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
100 Years of NCVO and Voluntary Action
Book Subtitle
Idealists and Realists
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-02774-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-02774-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-02773-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 305
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations
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