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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

This book analyses the dynamics that underlie the awarding of public funding to small voluntary organisations in the UK. Using Bourdieu’s later work on state power, the author argues that these competitions for grants, loans and contracts are neoliberal funding ‘games’. Such games tempt grassroots organisations, she demonstrates, not just because they provide funding but because they confer a symbolic profit by defining the 'winner' and improving status. Taking part in these neoliberal funding games, however, can adversely affect the structure and development path of these organisations. Yet her conclusion is upbeat, focusing on the opportunities as well as the challenges that neoliberalism offers grassroots organisations in recompense for the moral weight that they hold within state discourse. Within supportive coalitions and with a robust evidence base that re-politicises neoliberal orthodoxy, in fact, they can choose to negotiate alternative futures within state policy or to withdraw from these funding games altogether. This thought-provoking work will appeal to students and researchers of sociology and social policy, along with scholars of Bourdieu, civil society and the voluntary sector.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: State power; Neoliberalism; Generic logics; Specific logics
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW) > Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU)
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2019 01:22
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT c
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/16481

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