About this Research Topic
Meeting the needs of citizens through social rights to welfare, and addressing social inequalities, has always proved to be a challenge for policy and practice. Within developed welfare states, governments are increasing attempting to work in partnership with the private and third sector to make and implement social policy, recognising that these issues are complex and not easily solved by state institutions alone.
At the same time, contemporary capitalism, particularly post-2008, has created a context in which the social rights of citizens to access resources to meet their needs are under pressure. Ageing populations, changes in global and domestic markets, job insecurity and other pressures have led to widening inequalities along social divisions such as class, gender, disability, ethnicity and age.
These social issues have also manifest themselves within the governance of social policy: at which level (supra-national, national, sub-state etc) it should be made and implemented is a source of tension, as is who should be involved (public sector, private sector, third sector, civic society etc).
We are seeking to draw together research which addresses these issues, particularly research which suggests solutions that could have an impact on policy and practice. These could include (but are not limited to) research on:
• The impact of late capitalism and post-2008 austerity on the governance of social policy;
• The involvement of civic society in the development and implementation of social policy;
• The impact of changes in post-2008 capitalism on social divisions such as class, gender, disability, ethnicity and age;
• Innovative and creative policy and practice solutions to inequality (for example health or income inequalities, universal basic income, co-operative policy and practice development, user-led services);
• The role of the private sector in designing and delivering welfare services;
• Changes to governance styles and approaches to developing social policies;
• The impact of governance changes on social inequalities;
• Spatial issues concerning governance, particularly between state and sub-state institutions, and tensions in levels of governance.
We are particularly interested in papers which take an interdisciplinary or comparative perspective on these themes, and welcome papers from early career researchers.
Keywords: governance, social citizenship, inequality, social rights, policy
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