1st Edition

Voluntary Action (Works of William H. Beveridge)
A Report on Methods of Social Advance

ISBN 9781138828810
Published October 15, 2015 by Routledge
422 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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.

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‘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