Symposium: Social Innovation and Social Policy: Solution or Surrender to Welfare Austerity? Submit abstracts by 19 February 2016
SPA Annual Conference Belfast 4 – 6 July 2016 Theme: Social Policy: Radical, Resistant, Resolute.
The symposium “Social Innovation and Social Policy: Solution or Surrender to Welfare Austerity?” will explore the potential value of social innovation as a policy concept and what benefits and risks it may engender in the short and longer term. It will bring together a range of papers reflecting on instances of social innovation in social policy and its impact on citizens, practitioners and welfare services. Particularly welcome are empirical and/or theoretical papers drawing connections between social innovation and social policy in the following (distinct, but complementary) areas:
Civil Society and Third Sector Policy
Welfare Pluralism and the Mixed Economy of Welfare
Outcome-based Commissioning and Payment-by-Results contracts
Social Impact Investment and Social Finance
New Public Management and Public Service Reform
Contributions are invited from postgraduates, early career researchers and more established academics. If you are interested in contributing a paper in this proposed Symposium, please contact Stephen Sinclair (Stephen.Sinclair@gcu.ac.uk) or Daniel Edmiston (Daniel.Edmiston@sbs.ox.ac.uk). Please send the title of your proposed presentation and abstract (200-400) by 19th February.
Research findings from two EU FP7 research projects (CRESSI and EFESEIIS) will also be disseminated during the symposium.