Voluntary action and social policy in Northern Ireland /
edited by Nicholas Acheson, Arthur Williamson.
Aldershot, Hants, England : Avebury, 1995.
xii, 203 p. : map ; 23 cm.
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Aldershot, Hants, England : Avebury, 1995.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Main Description
An exploration of the role of the voluntary sector in relation to government in the delivery of public and social services in Northern Ireland and in improving community relations.
Long Description
Since its inception Northern Ireland has experienced continual ethnic tension, sometimes latent, often violent. In any society the application of social policies has implications for communities whether by way of conferring advantage on some, or by disadvantaging others. Where the legitimacy of the state is rejected by a sizable minority of the population welfare becomes an important ground on which issues of legitimacy are fought out. In Northern Ireland voluntary organizations are increasingly being used by government as a means by which it may relate to heavily disadvantaged communities which are often inimical to government though dependent upon it for their social security and hence their economic survival. Regional government experiences significant pressure to use social policy to mollify dissent and to reduce the potential for inter-ethnic violence. This book deals with questions which have currency wherever governments have to govern without consensus. The study of past and current relationships between the state and the voluntary sector in Northern Ireland illustrates and illuminates an increasingly important area of public policy.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Voluntary action in Northern Ireland: some contemporary themes and issues
The development of government policy and its strategy toward the voluntary and community sectors
A partnership of dilemmas and contradictions: unresolved issues in government-voluntary sector relations
The European Union and the development of supranational policy toward the voluntary sector
Managing community relations and conflict: voluntary organizations and government and the search for peace
Government, community development and the housing association movement
The Protestant and Catholic churches and social welfare: voluntary action and government support
Voluntary action, rural policy and social development
Informal welfare, voluntary action and community care
Women, peace, community relations and voluntary action
The origins of voluntary action in Belfast
Government financial support for voluntary organizations: a preliminary analysis and discussion
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