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The Politics of Expertise: How NGOs Shaped Modern Britain

Matthew Hilton, James McKay, Nicholas Crowson, and Jean-François Mouhot


The Politics of Expertise offers a challenging new interpretation of politics in contemporary Britain, through an examination of non-governmental organisations. Using specific case studies of the homelessness, environment, and international aid and development sectors, it demonstrates how politics and political activism has changed over the last half century. NGOs have contributed enormously to a professionalisation and a privatization of politics, emerging as a new form of expert knowledge and political participation. They have been led by a new breed of non-party politician, wor ... More

Keywords: non-governmental organisations, ngos, activism, participation, politics, professionalisation, expertise, affluence, environmentalism, homelessness, international aid and development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199691876
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691876.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Hilton, author
Professor of Social History, University of Birmingham

James McKay, author
Research Fellow, University of Birmingham

Nicholas Crowson, author
Reader in Contemporary British History, University of Birmingham