Getting into the ‘Giving Habit’: The Dynamics of Volunteering in the UK

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Scholarship on volunteering has paid insufficient attention to how experiences of volunteering in the past affects current and future participation. The importance of this relationship is emphasized by the introduction of public policies across the globe focusing on national service programmes and community service in schools with the underlying intention of inducing on-going pro-social behavior. Using UK longitudinal data, this article analyzes the prevalence of persistent individual volunteering behavior over the life-course, and most importantly, the extent to which past volunteering has a causal influence on current and future participation. Strong evidence of this relationship is provided, suggesting that volunteer-stimulating policy measures—such as the UK government’s National Citizen Service initiative for all young people between 16 and 17 years of age—will have a more profound effect because they do not only affect current volunteering activities but are also likely to induce a permanent change in favour of volunteering.
LanguageEnglish
JournalVoluntas
StatusAccepted/In press - 25 May 2019

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Getting into the ‘Giving Habit’: The Dynamics of Volunteering in the UK. / Dawson, Christopher; Baker, Paul; Dowell, David .

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