By Marjorie Mayo

Communities and Caring explores the theoretical historical past of social coverage debates round the combined economic system of welfare when it comes to neighborhood participation and neighborhood improvement. while delivering a severe research of recent correct Theories, the ebook explores replacement ways according to expanding responsibility and democratic pluralism, in the framework of energetic neighborhood participation. Drawing upon varied stories either in Europe (including jap, in addition to Western Europe), within the usa and within the 3rd international, Marjorie Mayo emphasises the significance of continuous public quarter aid and assets for group participation and improvement; with no such underlying public zone help, group participation will not be able to satisfy group wishes.

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34 Communities and Caring This brings us to the next point. State provision has been criticised for being inherently bureaucratic. In contrast it has been argued that the private and voluntary sectors can be more flexible and more innovative in meeting clients' needs. Yet again the evidence would seem to demonstrate that this is not necessarily so. The term 'bureaucracy' has widely differing meanings (see for example Albrow, 1970, for a more detailed discussion of the different sociological uses of the term).

Since libertarian socialists share reformist and Marxist objectives of promoting the democratisation of welfare provision through the enhancement of cooperation, participation and community control, there is considerable common ground, and scope for alliances to be built, around the joint defence and improvement of welfare provision. But there have also been important differences arising from contrasting views on the role of the state, and the ultimate desirability or undesirability of strategies based upon the preservation of the framework of public-sector responsibility underpinned by public-sector resource provision.

Having argued that a mixed economy of welfare does not necessarily offer real choice, however, is not to argue that the issues of choice and accountability are not vitally important ones. On the contrary, debates about ways of promoting greater accountability and choice have been central to discussions about ways of improving welfare-state provision. But these discussions can also be developed, and have been developed, within the context of greater democracy and user involvement within the framework of public-sector provision and public-sector support for voluntary and communitybased provision.

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