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Call for Papers: The Recession and Beyond Conference

The Recession and Beyond: Taking Stock of evolving Government-Nonprofit relationships

Public Policy and Third Sector Initiative, Queen’s University in collaboration with Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER)

16 November, 2011

For its tenth anniversary, the Public Policy and Third Sector Initiative is working with the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER) in order to hold its annual conference in conjunction with the Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). We want to take advantage of the presence of international renown scholars in the field of voluntary sector research to explore the impact that the economic downturn has had on the state of government-nonprofit relations.

Governments around the world stand at a crossroads. Faced with an enormous financial burden and new social challenges on the horizon, governments are looking for new institutional solutions that will enable them to do more with less. Economic downturns have the power to transform policy debates. In many countries, the voluntary sector has become a key pillar in new administrative reforms. Indeed, most governments recognize that the voluntary sector is a critical part of their ability to develop and maintain economic strength and social wellbeing within communities. Yet the kind of supports the sector ultimately receives varies across settings. This year’s conference theme will provide an opportunity to take stock of this rapidly changing policy world and provide perspective on how different countries have been responding to the economic challenges.

If you are interested in participating, please submit a title, an abstract of 250 words to Rachel Laforest : by 31 March 2011.

Proposals are particularly encouraged from academics, policy makers and practitioners in european countries. Some funds will be available to support speaker participation in this conference.

All proposals will be subject to peer review and notification of acceptance will be provided by 15 April 2011.