Scotland's Civic Society v England's Big Society? Diverging roles of the VCS in public service delivery

Mike Danson, Geoffrey Whittam

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    Abstract

    The devolved governments and parliaments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland increasingly have been adopting different approaches from England to the delivery of public services. With more powers and responsibilities, Scotland has initiated these moves to divergence, not least with respect to the roles of volunteering, the Voluntary and Community Sectors (VCS) in the context of the ‘Big Society’. This article explores how the environment and institutions in Scotland increasingly are generating moves for different relations between the public, private and VCS. With key powers reserved for the Westminster parliament, differences are demonstrated in the position and development of the VCS.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)353-363
    Number of pages11
    JournalSocial Policy & Society
    Volume10
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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    Keywords

    • public services
    • Big Society
    • voluntary and community sectors
    • Scotland

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