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The Role of Voluntary Organisations in Social Welfare

1st Edition

By Hugh W Mellor


228 pages

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Originally published in 1985 The Role of Voluntary Organisations in Social Welfare considers the voluntary sector as a provider of social welfare. The book asks the fundamental questions for those involved in social welfare: what should the role of this voluntary sector be, and what should its relationship be with the government sector? Reporting on extensive original research undertaken for the Joseph Rowntree Memorial Trust, the study examines the functions, staffing, funding and control of voluntary organisations. It looks at the relationship with the government sector, explores the increasingly important questions of accountability and discusses future prospects.

Table of Contents

List of Tables

National Voluntary Organisations Interviewed

Other Abbreviations Occasionally Used


1. Introduction

2. Sampling and First Impressions

3. Roles and Resources

4. Committees

5. Partners or Rivals

6. Accountability

7. Future Prospects


A. List of Organisations by Name and Date of Establishment Where Known

B. Objects of the Associations in the Sample

C. Letter to the Chief Executive Officers of Sample Organisations

D. Information Requested before Interview

E. Interview Guide – Chief Executive Officers

- Chairman

F. Comparative Expenditure on Administration

G. Organisations Working in the Same or Overlapping Fields

H. Bodies to which Organisations in the Sample are Affiliated

J. Fund-Raising Appeals


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Welfare and the State

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1940 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of welfare and the state, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines the concepts of welfare in relation to the state through the areas of policy making, social administration, class division and social inequality, social policy and privatization, whilst also exploring the general principles and practices of the welfare state in various countries. This set will be of particular interest to students of sociology, politics, economics, social work respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General