Journal article

Covid19, Charitable Giving and Collectivism: a data-harvesting approach
P. Taylor-Gooby, T. Petříček, J. Cunliffe
Journal of Social Policy 52 (3)

This paper charts responses to urgent appeals by welfare charities through crowd funding websites in order to examine the impact of the Covid19 pandemic on public generosity and social cohesion in the UK. It uses a relatively new method in social policy research, data-harvesting. Online public giving to local charities for vulnerable people sky-rocketed during the crisis, despite the long-established stigmatic treatment of the able-bodied poor of working age, a decade of benefit cuts, the increased stringency of Universal Credit and the long-term downward trend in charity incomes. Welfare policy and the rhetoric that surrounds it is increasingly divisive, although most welfare spending addresses needs or risks that confront all of us. The Covid19 lockdown can be seen as a natural experiment in social inclusion. This paper shows how policy discourse that stresses common humanity in the face of a collective challenge, rather than social divisions, can help build social cohesion.

    title = {{Covid19, Charitable Giving and Collectivism: a data-harvesting approach}},
    author = {Taylor-Gooby, Peter and Petricek, Tomas and Cunliffe, Jack},
    year = {2023},
    journal = {{Journal of Social Policy}},
    number = {3},
    doi = {10.1017/S0047279421000714},
    issn = {0047-2794, 1469-7823},
    pages = {473--494},
    url = {},
    volume = {52},
    shorttitle = {Covid19, Charitable Giving and Collectivism},