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Small Voluntary Organisations in the 'Age of Austerity': Funding Challenges and Opportunities

Small Voluntary Organisations in the 'Age of Austerity': Funding Challenges and Opportunities

McGovern, Pauline (2017) Small Voluntary Organisations in the 'Age of Austerity': Funding Challenges and Opportunities. Palgrave Pivot Monograph Series . Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, UK. ISBN 978-1-137-52186-6

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Abstract

Small UK voluntary organisations are offered the carrot of public funding in the form of grants, loans and contracts to professionalise, merge and bid to provide public services. Using Bourdieu’s later work on state power, McGovern argues that these are neoliberal funding ‘games’. Such games tempt grassroots organisations not just because they provide funding but because they confer a symbolic profit - they define the ‘winner’ and give status to the organisation and the members who gain it. Taking part in these neoliberal funding games can adversely affect the organisational structure and development path of these organisations.

Her conclusion is upbeat – that grassroots organisations have opportunities as well as challenges within neoliberalism because of their moral weight within state discourse. Within supportive coalitions and with a robust evidence base that re-politicises neoliberal orthodoxy, they can choose to negotiate alternative futures within state policy or to withdraw from these funding games.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Online ISBN: 978-1-137-52188-0
Uncontrolled Keywords: State power; Neoliberalism; Generic logics; Specific logics
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Faculty of Business > Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU)
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2017 09:56
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT c
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/16481

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