Governance and the changing ‘three sectors’
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This chapter examines the three main elements distinguished in modern society: the public or first sector; the private or second sector, meaning industry and commerce; and the voluntary, non-governmental or not-for-profit third sector, now often referred to as civil society. It considers the changing identities and stereotypes of each, their interconnectedness and their relationships. The rising importance and effective governance of the third sector must now be included in any study like this, the more so while political philosophy inclines towards 'big market, small state'. The implications for governance and the public sector are profound. The third sector has been of rising importance, in a context of more global complexity, including the global financial crisis (GFC) and the ecological crisis. The small and medium enterprise (SME) sector often provides a high proportion of local employment, one where the need for local higher education training, support and expertise is most evident.

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