Grassroots civil society at crossroads: staying on the path to independence or turning onto the UK Government's route to

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Within the context of acute public spending cuts and the increasing push towards localism, the UK government is increasingly looking outwards to community- and citizen-led action for solutions to long-term social problems and to take on public services. The extent to which these groups have the capacity and willingness to take on politicised roles beyond their purpose and function is, however, not well understood. By reflecting on findings primarily from a street-level mapping project, in this paper discussion focuses on the potential implications arising from grassroots' co-option.


Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1022
JournalDevelopment in Practice
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Civil society, Governance and public policy, Western and Southern Europe