Building from the Bottom: How is Social Innovation transforming Social Policy?
Wednesday, 9 April 2014 from 16:00 to 17:00 (BST)
In this seminar Professor Evers will be reflecting and building on the research carried out as part of his participation in a recent transnational EU-funded research project, looking at local innovations and policy developments in twenty cities across Europe and will focus on three key themes.
The pros and cons of a new approach to changing practices in policy delivery. In particular the extent to which Social Innovation can provide a pathway to social change that is distinctive from both market and state driven practices.
Looking in more detail at the field of social services, he will question whether something like a ‘shared ratio’ is taking shape, through the role of innovations in shifting the balance of responsibility for service provision.
Thirdly he will examine the extent to which welfare policies traditionally dominated by centrally driven direction and reform can respond reflectively to the nudges and nuances of social innovations emanating from new social actors.
Adalbert Evers, Institute of Advanced Studies Distinguished Visiting Fellow, is Professor for Comparative Health and Social Policy at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen; he works there in the Institute for Political Sciences at the Department for Social and Cultural Sciences and in the Institute for Household Economy and Consumer Research at the Department for Agrarian Sciences, Ecology and Environmental Management.
There will be an opportunity for questions and networking over tea and cakes following the lecture.