Social innovation and the welfare mix

A.A. 2016/2017
Insegnamento per
9
Crediti massimi
60
Ore totali
Lingua
Inglese
Obiettivi formativi
The course provides students with the tools for the political understanding of the recent transformation of the welfare state and in particular of social innovation and welfare mix.
For at least two decades, European countries have been striving to reform their social models, tailored on increasingly surpassed economic and socio-demographic structures. The consistency between programmatic ambitions and reform practice is not easy to gauge. Reforms introduced at the national level, largely focused on the big programs of social protection, do not exhaust the array of ongoing transformations. In order to capture the breadth and nature of change, this course moves beyond the perimeter of the public sector, directing attention towards developments in the market and in civil society, and especially towards those new forms of intertwinement, collaboration and synergy that have been emerging between these two spheres (and often between them and the public sector) in welfare provision.
This course focuses on "poorly visible" forms of social innovation and welfare mix initiatives and projects, and describes some recent achievements in some selected European countries. After setting the stage with some analytical distinctions and clarifications on the notion of social innovation, welfare mix and "secondo welfare" (for denoting the array of non-public welfare provisions which have been expanding in the last decade, the Italian debate has recently coined a new label: "second welfare", a notion that is very much connected with the discussion on social innovation and the future of social policy at the EU level), the course will illustrate some emerging trends and achievements (i.e. emblematic initiatives and projects) within the European countries. The course aims at highlighting problems, risks, and prospects of such trends as well.

Struttura insegnamento e programma

Edizione attiva
STUDENTI FREQUENTANTI
Programma
This course focuses on "poorly visible" forms of social innovation and welfare mix initiatives and projects, and describes some recent achievements in some selected European countries. After setting the stage with some analytical distinctions and clarifications on the notion of social innovation, welfare mix and "secondo welfare" (for denoting the array of non-public welfare provisions which have been expanding in the last decade, the Italian debate has recently coined a new label: "second welfare", a notion that is very much connected with the discussion on social innovation and the future of social policy at the EU level), the course will illustrate some emerging trends and achievements (i.e. emblematic initiatives and projects) within the European countries. The course aims at highlighting problems, risks, and prospects of such trends as well.

- Welfare state: concepts + origins, development, crisis, ricalibration, reforms.
- Social innovation: theory and concepts.
- Second welfare and welfare mix.
- Social innovation and welfare mix: searching for empirical evidences.
Informazioni sul programma
A detailed syllabus for attendant students will be made available on January 12th, 2017. The syllabus will include a list of readings sub-divided for each topic/teaching week.
Propedeuticità
None.
Prerequisiti e modalità di esame
A detailed syllabus for attendant students will be made available on January 12th, 2017. The syllabus will include a list of readings sub-divided for each topic/teaching week.

Students are encouraged to attend classes. In order to be enroled as "attending" (frequentanti), students must attend at least 80% of classes. Those who cannot attend, or fail to regularly attend classes, will have to take the exam as "non attending" students (non frequentanti)

The assessment will be based on: participation in class debates and discussion; presentations in class and acting as a scheduled discussant; final (written) exam.
The grading system towards the final mark is the following:
- discussion questions and class participation: 20%
- presentations in class and acting as a scheduled discussant: 40%
- final (written) exam: 40%.
Metodi didattici
Lectures; class discussions; presentations by the students.
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
A detailed syllabus for attendant students will be made available on January 12th, 2017.
The syllabus will include a list of readings sub-divided for each topic/teaching week.

Attendant students
Readings for the final (written) exam:

S. Sabato, B. Vanhercke & G. Verschraegen, The EU framework for social innovation. Between entrepreneurship and policy experimentation, Improve Discussion Paper, n. 15/21, http://improve-research.eu/?page_id=37
M. Ferrera and F. Maino, Social Innovation Beyond the State. Italy's Secondo Welfare in a European Perspective, in 2WEL Working Paper, n. 2/2014, http://secondowelfare.it/working-paper/social-innovation-beyond-the-sta…
E. Hogg & S. Baines, Changing Responsibilities and Roles of the Voluntary and Community Sector in the Welfare Mix: A Review, in "Social Policy and Society", 10, 3, 2011, pp. 341-352.
L. Moreno, Welfare mix, CSR and social citizenship, in "The International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy", 2010, pp. 683-696.
L.M. Salamon and S. Toepler, Government-Nonprofit Cooperation: Anomaly or Necessity?, in "Voluntas", 2016, 26, pp. 2155-2177.
H. Johansson, M. Arvidson and S. Johansson, Welfare Mix as a Contested Terrain: Political Positions on Government-Non-profit Relations at National and Local Levels in a Social Democratic Welfare State, in "Voluntas", 2015, 26, pp. 1601-1619.
H. Johansson & F. Maino, Mixing multi-level and network governance: how do local actors relate to the policies, steering mechanisms and resources of higher-level actors?, in R. Halvorsen & B. Hvinden (eds.), Combating Poverty in Europe: Active inclusion in a multi-level and multi-actor context, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016 (forthcoming), pp. 181-200.
STUDENTI NON FREQUENTANTI
Programma
This course focuses on "poorly visible" forms of social innovation and welfare mix initiatives and projects, and describes some recent achievements in some selected European countries. After setting the stage with some analytical distinctions and clarifications on the notion of social innovation, welfare mix and "secondo welfare" (for denoting the array of non-public welfare provisions which have been expanding in the last decade, the Italian debate has recently coined a new label: "second welfare", a notion that is very much connected with the discussion on social innovation and the future of social policy at the EU level), the course will illustrate some emerging trends and achievements (i.e. emblematic initiatives and projects) within the European countries. The course aims at highlighting problems, risks, and prospects of such trends as well.

- Welfare state: concepts + origins, development, crisis, ricalibration, reforms.
- Social innovation: theory and concepts.
- Second welfare and welfare mix.
- Social innovation and welfare mix: searching for empirical evidences.
Prerequisiti e modalità di esame
The assessment will be based on a discussion in English (oral exam) around some articles listed by the instructor (see next slide) and 2 short research papers (3.500 words each) on specific topic to be agreed upon with the instructor. These papers are for you to develop your interest in a particular area of social innovation and welfare mix. One paper should be a literature review and the other should examine a case of social innovation in comparative perspective. Everyone should contact and/or meet with me once to discuss their topics.

The grading system towards the final mark is the following:
two research papers: 30% each
oral exam: 40%.

Students who cannot attend classes are kindly requested to contact the instructor at their earliest convenience, and in any case well in advance respect to the exam date. The two research papers are due at least 2 weeks before the oral exam date.
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
Non attendant students
Readings for the oral exam

Jenson J. (2014), Modernising paradigms. Social investments via social innovation, Paper for the Conference "Towards Inclusive Employment and Welfare Systems: Challenges for a Social Europe", Berlin, 9-10 October 2014
M. Ferrera and F. Maino, Social Innovation Beyond the State. Italy's Secondo Welfare in a European Perspective, in 2WEL Working Paper, n. 2/2014, http://secondowelfare.it/working-paper/social-innovation-beyond-the-sta…
E. Hogg & S. Baines, Changing Responsibilities and Roles of the Voluntary and Community Sector in the Welfare Mix: A Review, in "Social Policy and Society", 10, 3, 2011, pp. 341-352.
L. Moreno, Welfare mix, CSR and social citizenship, in "The International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy", 2010, pp. 683-696.
L.M. Salamon and S. Toepler, Government-Nonprofit Cooperation: Anomaly or Necessity?, in "Voluntas", 2016, 26, pp. 2155-2177.
H. Johansson, M. Arvidson and S. Johansson, Welfare Mix as a Contested Terrain: Political Positions on Government-Non-profit Relations at National and Local Levels in a Social Democratic Welfare State, in "Voluntas", 2015, 26, pp. 1601-1619.
S. Wolfgang, Welfare Mixes and Hybridity: Analytical and Managerial Implications 'Welfare Mix' and Hybridity: Divergent but Compatible Concepts, in "Voluntas", 2015, 26, pp. 1759-1768.
H. Johansson & F. Maino, Mixing multi-level and network governance: how do local actors relate to the policies, steering mechanisms and resources of higher-level actors?, in R. Halvorsen & B. Hvinden (eds.), Combating Poverty in Europe: Active inclusion in a multi-level and multi-actor context, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016 (forthcoming), pp. 181-200.
C. Ranci, The Long-Term Evolution of the Government-Third Sector Partnership in Italy: Old Wine in a New Bottle?, in "Voluntas", 2015, 26, pp. 2311-2329.
Periodo
Secondo trimestre
Periodo
Secondo trimestre
Modalità di valutazione
Esame
Giudizio di valutazione
voto verbalizzato in trentesimi
Docente/i
Ricevimento:
Martedì: 14.00-17.00.
Dipartimento di Studi del Lavoro e del Welfare - Stanza 10 secondo piano
Ricevimento:
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