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The Voluntary Sector, the State and the Law

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Edited by: Alison Dunn

ISBN13: 9781841130675
ISBN: 1841130672
Published: February 2000
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £63.00



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The essays in this collection draw out the tensions between the voluntary sector, the state and the law, and highlight the many areas where relationships between the principal actors are uneasy. The principles of independence and autonomy, regulation and accountability, and patronage through partnership have underpinned the development of the ""third sector"" in the 1980s and 1990s. The accommodation of these themes has created tensions, not least because the boundaries between state and voluntary responsibilities have shifted.;The emphasis of government has switched from the role of provider to enabler and regulator. The economic climate has meant that many charities and voluntary organizations have been forced by financial pressures to offer services, engage in trading activities and perform a wide range of sometimes conflicting functions which can threaten their relationship with users and funders. The contributions to this volume address the pressing legal questions about governance, openness, accountability and regulation raised by the changes.;The issues covered in this book include: governance of voluntary bodies; accountability to government and to users; legal structures; regulation and privatization; partnership with central and legal government; taxation of trading activities; volunteer behaviour and regulation; political independence and control; conflicts of interests; and the future of civil society.

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Subjects:
Charities
Contents:
Part 1 Regulation and accountability of the voluntary sector: the legal framework for community involvement, Ian Leigh; judicial review of voluntary bodies, Ann Lyon; policing the voluntary sector - legal issues and volunteer vetting, Susan R. Moody; board responsibilities in the voluntary sector - the case of housing associations, Alice Belcher; guarantee companies in the voluntary sector, Joanna Gray; the regulation of charities in Scotland, Christine R. Barker; the privatisation of social housing - capture and commercialisation of a voluntary sector, Chris Handy.
Part 2 Activities and conflict in the voluntary sector: paying the piper - the ""contract culture"" as dependency culture for charities?, Debra Morris; shoots among the grassroots - political activity and the independence of the voluntary sector, Alison Dunn; justifying the ban on politics in charity, Stephen Swann; taxation of trades in the charities sector, Ian Dawson; establishment and autonomy - the Church of England as a voluntary body, David Harte; challenges and dilemmas faced by conservation and animal welfare charities who both enforce the law and press for changes, Stuart Harrop; conflicts of interest in charity law, Peter Luxton; voluntary action and the future of civil society, Nicholas Deakin.