The Third Sector, regeneration and sustainable communities: 'rolling' with the New Labour agenda

Smith, A., 2010. The Third Sector, regeneration and sustainable communities: 'rolling' with the New Labour agenda. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 30 (12), pp. 48-65. ISSN 0144-333X

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss the ways in which concepts of regeneration, sustainability and the Third Sector (TS) are understood and expressed in the policy priorities of the Labour Government in the UK. The paper locates this discussion in the context of a small community action group in Nottingham and seeks to explore the ways in which the experience of activists and practitioners see their “world” as being congruent with that of the “world” represented in the policy literature. Design/methodology/approach – The paper combines an analysis of the policy literature and a discussion on the theoretical and conceptual ideas implicit in the programmes with data collected through observation and interview of key activists involved in the group. Findings – The paper suggests that while small-scale TS organisations can play an important part in the regeneration/sustainability agenda as a result of their size, values and flexibility it is these values which are at risk given the underlying ideological approach of the reform agenda. Research limitations/implications – The paper provides a snap shot of experience and situates that practice in the theoretical/conceptual literature and so raises some important questions for practitioners as well as researchers. Practical implications – The paper has direct relevance for TS agencies and researchers. Originality/value – The paper points to the conflict and tension between local/community-based organisations in which ideas of trust and ethical decision making are negotiated differently compared to public sector agencies.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
Creators: Smith, A.
Publisher: Emerald
Date: 2010
Volume: 30
Number: 12
ISSN: 0144-333X
Rights: © 2010 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:28
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 09:10

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