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Localism and the third sector: new relationships of public service

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jane Gibbon



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).


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.

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Author(s): Fenwick J, Gibbon J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Public Policy and Administration

Year: 2016

Volume: 31

Issue: 3

Pages: 221-240

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


DOI: 10.1177/0952076715610413


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