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Landscapes of voluntarismNew spaces of health, welfare and governance$
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Christine Milligan and David Conradson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346322

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346322.001.0001

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Volunteering, geography and welfare: a multilevel investigation of geographical variations in voluntary action

Volunteering, geography and welfare: a multilevel investigation of geographical variations in voluntary action

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(p.266) (p.267) Fifteen Volunteering, geography and welfare: a multilevel investigation of geographical variations in voluntary action
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Landscapes of voluntarism
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John Mohan

Liz Twigg

Kelvyn Jones

Steve Barnard

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346322.003.0015

This chapter explores the relationship between individual and area characteristics and the probability that an individual will become a ‘committed volunteer’. According to the General Household Survey, a ‘committed volunteer’, is someone who is engaged in voluntary activity on at least 11 days in a year. The chapter describes the data source used and the modelling strategy developed. The resultant models allow the assessment of the proportion of total variation occurring at each of the levels and provide some indication of the relative importance of each explanatory variable in accounting for this variation. The chapter discusses the results from a multilevel analysis of the determinants of volunteering. It explains why this approach yields novel insights and discusses the practical implications of the results. The chapter concludes that, on the basis of this analysis, there is some evidence that geography matters to volunteering — but not at the scale of regions, and certainly not as much as individual socioeconomic characteristics.

Keywords:   volunteering, geography, committed volunteer, modelling, socioeconomics

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