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The Politics of Expertise: How NGOs Shaped Modern Britain Hardcover – 25 Apr 2013


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the book is splendidly learned in unfamiliar areas, and is especially strong on the three pressure-group causes of international aid, homelessness and the environment. All this constitutes a major achievement which will be welcomed by historians and social scientists of every variety. (Brian Harrison, Contemporary British History (27:4, December 2013))

This is a powerful interpretation with much to recommend it, not just because it fits with a great deal of the evidence, but because it enables the authors to pinpoint with some precision what was distinct about the post-war period, whilst tracing continuities with earlier forms of non-governmental action. (Helen McCarthy, 20th Century British History)

...an immensely useful resource for all scholars teaching and researching the history of voluntary action in modern Britain. (Helen McCarthy, English Historical Review)

This is probably the most important book on postwar British political history ... The Politics of Expertise demonstrates that that the NGO sector does not, never has and probably never will operate in the way government ministers want it to. (Matthew Grant, The Political Quarterly)

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Matthew Hilton is the author of Smoking in British Popular Culture (2000), Consumerism in Twentieth-Century Britain (2003), and Prosperity for All: Consumer Activism in an Era of Globalisation (2009). Most recently, he is the joint author, with Nicholas Crowson, Jean-Francois Mouhot & James McKay, of A History of NGOs in Britain: Charities, Civil Society and the Voluntary Sector since 1945 (2012). James McKay is the co-editor of two volumes on NGOs and the voluntary sector: with Matthew Hilton and Nick Crowson, NGOs in Contemporary Britain: Non-state Actors in Society and Politics since 1945 (2009); and, with Matthew Hilton, The Ages of Voluntarism: How We Got to the Big Society (2011). Along with Matthew Hilton, Nicholas Crowson and Jean-Francois Mouhot, he is the co-author of A History of NGOs in Britain: Charities, Civil Society and the Voluntary Sector since 1945 (2012). Nicholas Crowson is the author of Facing Fascism: The Conservative Party and the European Dictators 1935-40 (1997), The Conservative Party and European Integration since 1945: At the Heart of Europe? (2006), and Britain and Europe: A Political History since 1918 (2010). Most recently, he is the joint author, with Matthew Hilton, Jean-Francois Mouhot & James McKay, of A History of NGOs in Britain: Charities, Civil Society and the Voluntary Sector since 1945 (2012). Jean-François Mouhot is the author of Les Réfugiés acadiens en France (1758-1785): limpossible réintégration? (2009), Des Esclaves Energétiques: Réflexions sur le changement climatique (2011) and co-editor (with Charles-François Mathis) of Une Protection de l'Environnement à la Française? (XIXe-XXe siècles) (2012). Most recently, he is the joint author, with Matthew Hilton, Nicholas Crowson, and James McKay, of A History of NGOs in Britain: Charities, Civil Society and the Voluntary Sector since 1945 (2012).


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