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By Nick Crowson , Jean-Francois Mouhot , James McKay Matthew Hilton

Aiming to provide the reader with the old information to have interaction with the debates surrounding the Cameron government's 'Big Society' and civil society, this ebook supplies the reader a better and extra knowledgeable old attention of the way the NGO quarter has grown and encouraged.

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Think tanks connected to the political parties, such as the Labour movement’s Fabian Society, had existed since 1884, but they would be joined by a range of independent bodies, such as Chatham House (1920), as well as pressure groups such as the Howard League 20 A Historical Guide to NGOs in Britain for Penal Reform (1921) and the National Council for Civil Liberties (1934, now Liberty). Many were associated with social and economic planning, such as the Next Five Years group and Political and Economic Planning (1931, now Policy Studies Institute).

12). 13). But of greater significance is the changing nature of the sector. What has become increasingly apparent is that the model of civic participation provided by, for instance, the Women’s Institute, has been replaced by one in which large-scale NGOs have emerged that rely less on the face-to-face interaction of members. The issues surrounding such a change will be explored in later chapters. For now it is sufficient to note that whatever the implications of the emergence of new forms of organisation, it has at least created a massively expanded sector.

Indeed, much of the literature on the history of voluntary associations and charities is concerned with a debate as to whether the Victorian era represents a ‘golden age’ for philanthropic activity. Such forms of participation owe their origins to the forms of civic culture that emerged at the local and provincial level. Rapid industrialisation created an expanding middle class that sought out new forms of associational life that in many ways consolidated its new position in society. All of the major provincial cities created a thriving ‘public sphere’ of recreational and educational associations.

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