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Voluntas Conference and Special Issue:

“Welfare Mix, Hybridity and Government–Nonprofit Relationships in Post-Modern Welfare States”

March 21st and 22nd 2014.  Copenhagen, Denmark.


In recent years, mature welfare states have undergone significant changes and processes of restructuring. Without any doubt, the “new world of welfare” has also had a significant impact on government – nonprofit relationships, particularly in those areas where nonprofits always had an important role in the provision of social and welfare related services. Although social services have not been in the focus of welfare state research for years, they lately – due to changes of demographics and gender roles – have gained increased importance, since they constitute core elements of the basic orientation of post-modern welfare states.


Today, the compromise between capital and labor, which was at the heart of welfare state development at the turn of the 19th century, has been complemented by, among other things, a new compromise that addresses the reconciliation of caring and family work with the necessities of professional life, in particular of women. Indeed, women no longer perceive themselves as those who are first and foremost responsible for the well-being of the family in terms of rearing children and taking care of the elderly. The integration of women into the labor market and hence the needs of working women have triggered a growing industry of care provision. The organizations, responsible for service provision in post-modern welfare states are nonprofit-, public - or commercial organizations depending on the welfare tradition as well as on the legacy of nonprofit-government relationships in the respective country.


Furthermore, the recent economic and demographic changes in Europe and the US have put significant pressure on the welfare states in terms of finance, redistribution and provision of services. Across welfare regime types, governments are looking for new and innovative solutions that can ease the pressure on public spending.


In some cases these developments have led to a relative decline in the direct public provision of social services whereas nonprofit as well as commercial for-profit provision has been on the increase.  Furthermore, this new dynamic of the welfare mix has added a layer of complexity to the formal and informal regulatory framework that guided the relationship between public and private providers within different welfare regimes. Today it has become more difficult to distinguish between specific “models” with respect to both nonprofit-government relationships and the provision of social and health- related services.


This conference, organized by Voluntas with the aim of bringing together scholars who are interested in the stock-taking of both current welfare state changes and the re-structuring of nonprofit-government relationships in welfare-related areas of social and health services, will serve as a forum of discussion of the topic of how post-modern welfare states, with a special eye on the European context, are in the process of reshaping and re-arranging nonprofit-government relationships in the service-related core areas of welfare state activity.  Do governments increasingly kick nonprofits out of the game of the new market of social service delivery? Or on the contrary, does the organizational form no longer play a role for governments in decisions on resource allocation? Does it no longer matter whether the “partner” in social service provision or third-party government is a nonprofit or a commercial organization?  If this is the case, what does this mean for nonprofit providers?  Do they give up their mission and identify while they are struggling for survival?  Do they simply copy the organizational culture of their competitors?  Or are they still different, distinctive and special compared with their competitors, the commercial providers? Are mixed, hybrid sectoral models becoming more common?


We invite submissions of papers from scholars and PhD-students who focus on one of the following topics (either alone or in combination):

-        What role do nonprofit organizations play with respect to the reconciliation of work and family?

-        Whether, to what extent, and how have recent changes of the welfare state arrangements significantly challenged longstanding nonprofit-government relationships?

-        Does the new arrangement pose a threat to: a) the traditional culture of the respective society within specific social policy domains; b) nonprofit-government relationships; and c) the role and mission of nonprofits engaged in social service provision?

-        What role does local government play, and how are local welfare arrangements shaped by new divisions of labor between public, for-profit, and nonprofit providers?

-        What role does the use of volunteers play in the restructuring of welfare services and how are the uses of volunteers reconciled (if at all) against the traditional strongholds held by professional occupations?

-        Are labour market active women benefitting from the new arrangements?

-        And who are the “losers” who are not at all benefitting from the changed world of welfare and social service delivery?

-        To what extent are new service models characterized by New Public Management (NPM)-type performance regimes?


Against the background of Voluntas, comparative papers (for instance comparing a specific service area in several countries, or comparing different service areas across sectors in one or two countries) are highly welcomed. The same holds true for the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods. Each approach is very valuable as are mixed methods approaches. We invite scholars from various disciplines to apply since we believe that the changes in welfare states have already turned into one of the most important drivers of change with respect to the nonprofit sector worldwide and in each country. We also believe that the change of gender roles constitutes a societal development that will, indeed, trigger a wave of  “change” with respect to the nonprofit sector that could be more profound than any other development regarding gender roles and the nonprofit sector since the late 19th century.


Hence, we invite scholars to apply who work on the topic of changes of the welfare state from different perspectives and traditions, and who focus on one or more of the above mentioned topics.



Keynote speakers

Besides paper sessions the conference presents the following prominent scholars as keynote speakers:


Professor Wolfgang Seibel, University of Konstanz, Germany: “Studying Hybrids: Sectors and Mechanisms”


Professor Jørgen Goul Andersen, Aalborg University, Denmark: “Changes in the Mixed Economy of Welfare – Comparative Perspectives”


Professor Kirsten Grønbjerg, Indiana University, USA and Professor and Executive Director, Steven Rathgeb Smith, American Political Science Association, Washington DC, USA: “The Changing Dynamics of the Government-Nonprofit Relationship”



Practical information


Place: Copenhagen, Denmark.

Time: March 21st and 22nd, 2014


We will have room for a limited number of papers (about 12). Paper presenters will be selected on the basis of a review of an extended abstract of 800 – 1200 words.


Deadline for the extended abstract is December 1st 2013. Abstracts should be submitted to: – marked “Voluntas proposal” in subject field.


Invited presenters will be notified by January 1st 2014. Conference fee and food, including dinner, is free for invited presenters, but travel and accommodation is at participants’ own expense. Ph.D.-students who present paper will earn 4 ECTS points.


The aim of the conference is a special issue of Voluntas featuring 6 – 8 articles. Potential articles for the special issue will be subject to the normal review process of the journal after the conference.



Professor Annette Zimmer, Department of Political Science, University of Münster, Germany

Professor and Executive Director, Steven Rathgeb Smith, American Political Science Association, Washington DC, USA

Professor Lars Skov Henriksen, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University, Denmark



Voluntas and Danish Research Network for Civil Society and Volunteering Studies


Latin America and the Caribbean: Special Issue

Civil Society and Third Sector in Latin America and the Caribbean


Civil society and Third sector organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean have demonstrated to have a strong presence in their societies in a great variety of areas.  The history of these organizations in this region show us that in the 18th century,  mostly  religious and religious affiliated organizations distinguished themselves for their help and participation  in  areas of education and health in taking care of the sick and vulnerable portions of the population. In the 19th century more lay organizations were added to these thus  steering their interests to these areas of service to others. There was also an important development of cooperatives for the wellbeing of their members.  Furthermore, in the  second half of the 20th century, in the seventies decade, many new organizations attended themes as poverty alleviation and many of them incursioned into human rights issues even where there was authoritarian rule in several parts of the region. 

These organizations, as well as universities and researchers, have played an important role in international comparative efforts such as the Johns Hopkins Comparative project and the Civicus effort in more than fifty counties  both created to understand how different societies function around the globe. These organizations have also grown in size and influence, they are now a source of employment and are also open to those individuals interested in service and volunteer participation.

ISTR has held 9 Regional Conferences in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Every two years committed civil society organizations and academic institutions have hosted a growing community of researchers from the area as well as international colleagues interested in studying the region.  Themes featured include: diverse ways of administration and governance within organizations, human resources, fundraising, training and capacity building, several aspects of citizen participation including volunteer efforts, human rights efforts, impact studies, communication, etc.

This edition of Voluntas in its Latin American focuses on these themes as well as others such as poverty alleviation in its many manifestations,  inequality, violence, corruption, human rights social movements and the creation of  public policies,  among others.

Guest editors to this special issue of Voluntas: Jacqueline Butcher (CIESC, Center for Research and Civil Society Studies at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City Campus) and Beatriz Balian, Vice Rector for  Research at UCA (Argentine Catholic University, Buenos Aires city),  will gladly receive  articles in English, Portuguese and Spanish  on a theoretical background as well as empirical research of an interdisciplinary nature.

Themes suggested for this volume are:

·       Social problems, defense of human rights within civil society and Third sector organizations

·       Planning, governance, administration and sustainability of civil society organizations.

·       Volunteering: Motivation and Personal commitments.

·       Donations:  Philanthropy and Social Investment

·       Legitimacy, transparency and accountability

·       Participative processes, representation and citizenship

·       Relationships of social organizations with Government and Business

·       Social economy and solidarity

·       Social movements, democracy building and MDG.

·       Civil society organization representatively and forms of communication

·       Social impact of civil society  and Third Sector organizations  on vulnerable populations: children, women , indigenous populations and  the elderly

·       Impact of social organizations on illegal behavior such as human trafficking, delinquents and drug dealing. 


a)              Guidelines


Manuscripts may be submitted in English, or Spanish, but (if accepted) are published in English. The submission deadline is until April 1 and must be sent at e-mail .

If closely related material has been published elsewhere or is under consideration elsewhere, this should be stated clearly in a covering letter attached or enclosed with the manuscript, including a clear statement as to the relationship between the various pieces of work.

Submission is a representation that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. A statement transferring copyright from the authors (or their employers, if they hold the copyright) to the International Society for Third-Sector Research and The Johns Hopkins University will be required before the manuscript can be accepted for publication. The Editor will supply the necessary forms for this transfer. Such a written transfer of copyright, which previously was assumed to be implicit in the act of submitting a manuscript, is necessary under the U.S. Copyright Law in order for the publisher to carry through the dissemination of research results and reviews as widely and effectively as possible.

Pages must be typed double-spaced and configured to fit in Letter size (8½ x 11 inch) white paper with generous margins on all sides.

A title page is to be provided and should include the title of the article, author's name (no degrees), author's affiliation, and suggested running head. The affiliation should comprise the department, institution (usually university or company), city, and state (or nation) and should be typed as a footnote to the author's name. The suggested running head should be less than 80 characters (including spaces) and should comprise the article title or an abbreviated version thereof.

For office purposes, the title page should include the complete mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address of the one author designated to review proofs.

The manuscript is to be provided, preferable no less than 5000 words and no longer than 8000 words.

An abstract is to be provided, preferably no longer than 100-150 words.

A list of 4-5 key words is to be provided directly below the abstract. Key words should express the precise content of the manuscript, as they are used for indexing purposes.

All acknowledgments (including those for grant and financial support) should be typed in one paragraph (so-headed) on a separate page that directly precedes the References section.

Illustrations (photographs, drawings, diagrams, and charts) are to be numbered in one consecutive series of Arabic numerals. The captions for illustrations should be typed on a separate sheet of paper. Photographs should be large, glossy prints, showing high contrast. Drawings should be high-quality laser prints or should be prepared with india ink. Either the original drawings or good-quality photographic prints are acceptable. Artwork for each figure should be provided on a separate sheet of paper. Identify figures on the back with author's name and number of the illustration.


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