The important role of community and voluntary sector organisations to democratic debate and policy development is widely acknowledged by governments, academics, and the sector itself. However, our survey of 153 NZ community and voluntary sector groups shows that democratic engagement has been constrained under both Labour-led and National-led governments in the last decade. The ‘contract’ environment dominating funding for social service providers; a lack of understanding and appreciation of those who work in the sector; and, disparaging remarks and treatment of ‘dissenters’ by political elite were major factors constraining democratic debate in NZ.


Creator | Kaihanga
Dr Sandra Grey and Dr Charles Sedgwick
Year of Creation | Tau
Keywords | Kupu
Grants, Funding, Contracts & Fundraising, Policy, Non-profit Sector, Advocacy
Main Language | Reo Matua
Submitter's Rights | Nga Tika o te Kaituku
I am the author / creator of this resource
This Research has
not been formally reviewed for publication by academics at a university
Bibliographic Citation | Whakapuakanga

Grey S. and Sedgwick C. (2013) Fears, constraints and contracts. The democratic reality for New Zealand’s community and voluntary sector, A report presented at the Community and Voluntary Sector Research Forum, Victoria University of Wellington, 26 March 2013.

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