Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence. The turn towards a Social Investment approach to welfare implies deploying resources to enhance human capital and mobilise the productive potential of citizens, starting in early childhood.
This edited collection brings regional and local realities to the forefront of social investment debates by showcasing successes, challenges and setbacks of Social Investment policies and services from ten European countries: Italy, UK, Sweden, Finland, Greece, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Hungary, and Spain. It provides practical, accessible illustrations of good practice, routes to success, and lessons learned. The book is informed throughout by engagement with service users and local communities, and features many previously unheard voices including front-line workers, local decision makers, volunteers and beneficiaries.
Susan Baines is Professor of Social Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research has spanned social policy, innovation, enterprise and civil society, and she has published extensively on these themes.
Andrea Bassi is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at Bologna University. His research interests include studies on non-profit organizations in the field of social and health services, systems of measurement of organizational performance and social impact of non-profit organizations.
Judit Csoba is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Debrecen. Her research focuses on sociology of work, social policy, employment system of welfare states, employment policy, and social economy.
Flórián Sipos is an assistant lecturer from the University of Debrecen, affiliated with the Department of Sociology and Social Policy. His field of research includes political participation, youth sociology, and social investment.
Social Investment in welfare: A sub-national perspective ~ Sue Baines, Judit Csoba Florian Sipos and Andrea Bassi;
Part 1: Children and families: early intervention in peoples’ life courses ~ Andrea Bassi and Sue Baines;
Investing in the Future! Three case studies of social innovation in the Emilia-Romagna Early Childhood Education and Care services system ~ Andrea Bassi;
Troubled families in Greater Manchester ~ Jessica Ozan, Chris O’Leary, Susan Baines and Gavin Bailey;
Innovative voluntary and public sector partnership for the reception and integration of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in Gothenburg, Sweden ~ Inga Narbutaité Aflaki;
Part 2: From a Caring State to an investing State: labour market activation ~ Judit Csoba and Susan Baines;
The Youth Guarantee and One-Stop Guidance Centre as a social innovation and a policy implementation tool, Finland ~ Kaisa Sorsa;
Acquiring work experience for technical education graduates (Greece) ~ Alexandra Koronaiou, George Alexias, Sakellariou Alexandros, George Vayias;
Network for labour market integration of migrants and refugees in Münster, Germany (M A M B A) ~ Nikola Borosch, Danielle Gluns and Annette Zimmer;
Labour market activation and empowerment of the homeless, Poland ~ Aldona Wiktorska-Święcka and Dorota Moroń;
Part 3: Social solidarity and social investment ~ Florian Sipos;
The creation of a socially diverse neighbourhood in Utrecht, the Netherlands ~ Alfons Fermin, Sandra Geelhoed & Rob Gründemann;
Revitalising the self-sufficient household economy: The Social Land Programme in Hungary ~ Judit Csoba - Flórián Sipos;
Social investment and the causes of energy poverty: Are cooperatives a solution? ~ Michael Willoughby, Jose Millet-Roig, Jose Pedro García-Sabater and Aida Saez-Mas;
Social Investment in theory and praxis: a ‘quiet revolution’ in innovative local services? ~ Andrea Bassi, Sue Baines, Judit Csoba and Florian Sipos.