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Using interview and documentary empirical evidence from leaders of a local community group that took on the running of a leisure facility after its threatened closure by the local authority, this paper examines the relationship between third sector and state sector, the role of volunteers, the changing role of third sector organisations and the theoretical and practical limitations of ‘localism’ in making sense of these changes. It is suggested that localism is to be understood in relation to continuing central influences over policy, that community and voluntary organisations are inextricably bound up with the public sector rather than being a discrete and independent sector in their own right, and that the extant academic literature on networks, agencies and partnerships does not adequately describe these emergent new relationships of public service.
Author(s): Fenwick J, Gibbon J
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Public Policy and Administration
Print publication date: 01/07/2016
Online publication date: 30/10/2015
Acceptance date: 02/09/2015
Date deposited: 14/02/2017
ISSN (print): 0952-0767
ISSN (electronic): 1749-4192
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
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