Working and briefing paper series: 37
Volunteering in Europe in the Noughties - what would Beveridge have thought?
The value of volunteering is widely discussed on the national policy stage, and this debate is increasingly conscious of the European context. Jeremy Kendall speculates on what William Beveridge would have made of this. He suggests that a small number of core concerns might have preoccupied the original architect of Britain’s welfare system.
Beveridge would have welcomed the greater policy recognition that volunteerism has had, both nationally and internationally. However, he may have been worried about the limited extent to which those at risk social exclusion have embraced volunteering. Through an imagined neo-Beveridgean agenda, this paper discusses implications for volunteering policy in Europe.