It is the author’s contention that an abundance of voluntary action outside the citizen’s home, both individually and collectively, for bettering his own and his fellows’ lives, are the distinguishing marks of a truly free society. This volume is a study of how such action can be kept alive in the face of the inevitable development of State action and suggests the new forms which co-operation between the State and voluntary Organizations may take, leaving a maximum of freedom and responsibility to the individual.
Voluntary Action is a text of unique value because Beveridge here develops his vision of how a large ‘voluntary action’ sector could function as a type of buffer zone between the state and the market.
‘With his accustomed grasp of a wide subject, with notable lucidity, Beveridge sets out the needs that remain in the social security State…’ Evening Standard
Part 1: The Mutual Aid Motive in Action 1. The Friendly Societies 2. The state and the Friendly Societies 3. Mutual Aid in Other forms Part 2: The Philanthropic Motive in Action 4. The Voluntary Social Services and their Development 5. A Chapter of Pioneers 6. Charitable Trusts Part 3: The Needs That Remain in a Social Service State 7. The Changing Environment of Voluntary Action 8. Some Special Needs that Remain 9. Some General Needs that Remain Part 4: Conclusion and Recommendations 10. The Future of Voluntary Action 11. The State and Voluntary Action 12. First Things First. Appendices.