TSRC News

Social enterprise - the defining characteristics: article and study guide

Description
Interest in social enterprise has progressed beyond the early focus of definitions and context. Writing in the International Journal of Management Reviews, authors Doherty, Haugh, and Lyon identify hybridity, and the pursuit of the dual mission of financial sustainability and social purpose as the defining characteristics of social enterprises.
Date:
10/01/2014

Has government policy supported the development of a strong civil society?

Description
Rob Macmillan considers key developments in the policy context focusing on market-making in support services, through a discussion of the Big Lottery Fund's 'building capabilities' framework and the promotion of 'demand-led' capacity building.
Date:
10/01/2014

Environmental third sector - a distinctive field of activity?

Description
The third sector has a long history of environmental action and yet we lack systematic knowledge of the size, scope and activities of third sector organisations with an environmental mission.
Date:
10/01/2014

Support for all in the UK Work Programme? Differential payments, same old problem…

Description
Quantitative + Qualitative research = a thorough exploration of whether 'creaming' and 'parking' are widespread and systematically embedded in the government's flagship employment scheme.
Date:
10/01/2014

Is volunteering... (1) - a solution to socio-economic problems?

Description
In tough economic times, with demand for many forms of social service increasing and government funding being cut, the role of volunteers has gained increasing political prominence as a means of tackling social problems, particularly at a local level.
Date:
09/01/2014

Is volunteering... (2) a route to employment?

Description
Using insights from the British Household Panel Survey and beyond, Angela Ellis Paine, Steve McKay and Domenico Moro questioned whether there is proof that volunteering improves employability.
Date:
09/01/2014

Underemployment in northern England...

Description
A recent journal article by Rafferty, Rees, Sensier, and Harding, 'Understanding Growth and Recession: under employment and the labour market in the North of England', assesses the recent employment history of the north describing its performance and examining changes in the patterns of employment following the recession in 2008/09.
Date:
07/01/2014

Have the rules changed for public service delivery?

Description
TSRC research spans the transition from New Labour to Coalition government and consequently provides valuable evidence about some of the key changes that have occurred, as well as revealing continuities in government policy and practice towards the third sector.
Date:
12/12/2013

Hybridising housing organisations

Description
Dr Francesco Minora, TSRC Visiting Fellow (2012) features in a special issue of the International Journal of Co-operative Management, 6:2, on 'Governing for Habitability: self-organised communities in England and Italy' with David Mullins and Tricia Jones (TSRC and the Housing Communities Research Group).
Date:
29/11/2013
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