1st Edition

Charity Law and Social Inclusion
An International Study

ISBN 9780415347235
Published November 22, 2006 by Routledge
448 Pages

USD $52.95

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Book Description

Profiling national and international social inclusion agendas, Charity Law and Social Inclusion examines the fit between the charity law framework and the needs of the socially marginalized in some leading common law nations: the US, England and Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.


  • examines the concepts of philanthropy, inclusion, alienation and justice
  • considers the competing claims of philanthropy, legal rights and politics as appropriate methods of pursuing social justice
  • explains how weaknesses in charity law obstructs philanthropic intervention
  • makes recommendations for changes to the legal framework governing philanthropy.

O’Halloran argues that our common charity law heritage must be updated and co-ordinated to be capable of addressing social inclusion in the twenty-first century.

This book is of interest to academics and students working and sudying in the areas of social policy, sociology and law, as well as professionals in community and voluntary work.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Part 1: Philanthropy, Social Inclusion and the Law  1. The Gift Relationship: Charity and The Law  2. Philanthropy & the Challenge of Social Inclusion: the Contemporary Issues  Part 2: Charity Law: The Common Law Legacy  3. The Common Law: The Emergence of Principles, Structures and Legal Functions Relating to Charities  4. Alienation, Philanthropy and the Common Law  5. The ‘Public Benefit’ Test and Social Inclusion: The Roles of Government and Charity in a Common Law Context  Part 3: Legal Rights & Functions: A Framework for Philanthropy  6. Legal Functions Relating to Social Inclusion in a Modern Regulatory Environment for Charities  7. International Benchmarks for Charity Law as it Relates to Social Inclusion  Part 4: Contemporary Law and Practice  8. Charity Law and Social Inclusion in England & Wales  9. Charity Law and Social Inclusion in Ireland  10. Charity Law and Social Inclusion in Australia  11. Charity Law and Social Inclusion in New Zealand  12. Charity Law and Social Inclusion in the United States  13. Charity Law and Social Inclusion in Canada.  Conclusion

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Kerry O’Halloran is Adjunct Professor at the Centre of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.


'Dr O’Halloran’s text is going to be an invaluable aid in the coming years.'

- Michael Gousmett, Doctoral Student, University of Canterbury

'Dr O’Halloran has provided a text on societal issues that stimulates and challenges the reader, regardless of their profession.' - Michael Gousmett, Doctoral Student, University of Canterbury