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VOLUNTAS Call for Papers: Food Banks and Related Food Insecurity Provision

CALL FOR PAPERS (deadline July 30, 2017 for abstract – 250 words; full paper due November 30, 2017)

Advancing theory and knowledge around food banks and related food insecurity provision 

Guest Editors: Alex Murdock email: alex.murdock@lsbu.ac.uk 

Laurie Mook email: laurie.mook@asu.edu 

Craig Gundersen email: cggunder@illinois.edu 

This issue focuses on exploring both the theoretical and empirically researched spaces associated with food banks and their efforts to reduce food insecurity. The area is contested in theoretical and discourse terms with food banks and related provision seen differently depending on perspective and assumptions. This discussion is often quite distinct in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Hong Kong and Europe. We welcome work that connect the realities of food banks and related food insecurity provision with the larger context using explanatory frameworks. There are several theoretical lenses to approaching research in this area using economic, political and social theories such as state and market failure and voluntary sector failure. Of particular importance is how food banks bridge and bond in terms of social capital. We are seeking empirical research, case studies, comparative studies and theoretical work.

Please indicate your intent to submit by sending an abstract of no more than 250 words to the guest editors by July 30, 2017, including the research question to be addressed and a general overview of the proposed manuscript.

Abstracts will be reviewed and selected by August 30, 2017. Full papers (maximum 10,000 words) will be submitted by November 30, 2017. 

We aim for submission to Voluntas for peer review in February 2018.

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VOLUNTAS: Editor's Choice

Nonprofits are collective endeavors that supply a bewildering range of products and services, including some of value to their immediate members only. Many also advocate policy positions on issues of direct interest to themselves, their clients and beneficiaries, and/or the broader community. There is substantial variation in their advocacy strategies, the scope of policy goals they embrace, and the types of individuals they engage in such activities. Consequently, there are also differences in whether and how nonprofit advocacy activities reduce inequalities, enhance civic participation, and promote deliberative democracy. This symposium interprets and theorizes about emerging nonprofit challenges by showcasing research of nonprofit advocacy and civic engagement scholars. Collectively, the papers demonstrate the vibrancy of the field of nonprofit civic engagement and advocacy and identify important areas for future research to capture the complexity of nonprofits as actors guided by both instrumental and normative goals, serving organizational and social missions, and reducing some types of inequalities but creating new ones.

To learn more, please visit https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11266-016-9

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VOLUNTAS: Open Access Articles

VOLUNTAS: Be sure to read open access articles, which can be found at 
https://link.springer.com/search…


The current issue of VOLUNTAS offers open access for:


'Grassroots Environmental Activism in an Authoritarian Context: The Trees Movement in Vietnam' 

'Social Marketisation and Policy Influence of Third Sector Organisations: Evidence from the UK'

'Peruvian Grassroots Organizations in Times of Violence and Peace. Between Economic Solidarity, Participatory Democracy, and Feminism'


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Call for contributions to Voluntas Special Issue: The Organizations of Civil Society

Special Issue Editors: Michael Meyer (WU Vienna), Ruth Simsa (WU Vienna),
Sarah Soule (Stanford University), Filip Wijkström (Stockholm School of Economics)

Organizations are central actors in civil society, yet the popular view of civil society often focuses on individual behavior (e.g., civic or political engagement, volunteering, giving) or on macro-sociological phenomena (e.g., different nonprofit regimes, cross-sectoral cooperation). Nevertheless, organizations play a crucial role as actors in civil society. Organizations also serve as platforms and "transmission units" between individual actors and society. Thus civil society organizations (CSOs) are critically important to safe-guard, shape and develop an active and healthy civil society – but also to understand civil society's role in society.

With this special issue of Voluntas, we wish to encourage further theoretical and empirical research on CSOs and their many roles or functions in society. Further, although management questions are addressed quite regularly, there is still little research analyzing structural and cultural characteristics of CSOs, and this research is weakly linked to organizational theory. Compared to the business and public sector, the variety of organizational forms and goals seems to be much broader in civil society, and we hope to be able to publish a diverse set of papers that adequately reflects this empirical reality.

We invite contributions primarily from two major perspectives. (1) From Organizational Theory / Organization Studies, we welcome contributions focused on the particularities of CSOs compared to other types of organizations. (2) From the perspective of civil society scholarship, we welcome contributions focused on the specific strengths / weaknesses of organizations as collective actors, compared to individuals, groups and movements, and / or how CSOs influence the wider civil society and its position in society.

We aim to publish empirical (qualitative and/or quantitative) papers from a broad variety of theoretical perspectives. Thus, submissions to this special issue should relate to distinct theoretical approaches and specific phenomena in civil society. The submitted research may be inspired by social movement theory, new institutionalism, resource dependence theory, organizational field theory, systems theory, complexity theory, convention theory, or various symbolic, cultural, and strategic approaches to organizations.

We hope to publish articles which when read will challenge existing knowledge so as to generate a  new set of research questions with the aim to push contemporary theoretical borders in civil society research.

Submissions should further concentrate upon specific phenomena of organizing – e.g., the interplay between CSOs and their specific environments, the particularities of governance and management in these organizations, the borderland between CSOs and social movements, support groups, public administrations,  or for-profit corporations, or the contributions of CSOs to individual civic engagement and political decision making. In any case, we hope that the particularities of CSOs should be focused and theoretically reflected in the contributions. Each submission should be explicit about its theoretical basis and its explanatory power for specific organizational phenomena in civil society.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 700 words (excluding references) providing the editors with a clear indication of the research question(s) to be addressed, the theoretical basis, the methods used and the contribution to the literature by November 30, 2016. Abstracts should be sent to npo@wu.ac.at and will be reviewed and selected until January 31, 2017. Full papers will be expected until end of May 2017.

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Call for Paper Proposals for a Special Issue of Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations

The role of the voluntary and non-profit sector in migration

Migration dominates current political debates. Coping with the massive refugee influx on a global scale represents one of the central challenges for societies, their stability and welfare. In many countries, civil society has made important contributions to coping with the refugee crisis, not only in terms of the provision of initial care for incoming refugees, but also in the organization and coordination of further help concerning accommodation, legal aid, health care and language courses. Civil society also played an important role in the provision of continuing and complementary measures of integration.

We propose a theme issue for Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, in which we will examine the role of the voluntary and non-profit sector in relation to migration. When we speak of migrants, we are referring specifically to first-generation migrants arriving in a new country, permanently or in transit. 

We welcome articles on the following topics: 

- The role of non-profit and voluntary organizations in supporting migrants during their journey and during the intake process; 

- The role of non-profit and voluntary organizations in contributing to the integration of migrants;

- The relationship and the distribution of tasks between the state and civil society in different welfare regimes;

- The role of cross-national ethnic communities with respect to migration;

- Advocacy by non-profit and voluntary organizations with respect to the migrant issue (both pro- and anti-immigrant); their role in influencing the public debate.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words (excluding references) that gives a clear indication of the research question(s) to be addressed, the methods used and the contribution to the academic literature by May 1, 2016.

Abstracts should be sent to voluntaseditor@gmx.at. A first decision will be made by May 25. 

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Call for Paper Proposals for a Special Issue of Voluntas: Chinese Citizens’ Activities Past and Present: Continuity and Change in Civic Engagement

 

Since the caesura in 1989, a sharp increase in civic activities all over the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has taken place. Civic engagement draws on historical experiences and predecessors while at the same time developing fresh modes of mobilization and engagement and employing innovative strategies to further its causes. The increased formation of citizens and the emergence of a flourishing civil society indicate a new level of civic engagement in China.

 

This issue takes a critical look at Chinese citizens’ activities and their engagement past and present, to analyze the changes in citizenship that has taken place in the last quarter century. Therefore we will look back to the caesura of 1989 and depict it as one key backdrop against which the developments relevant for current civic engagement are delineated. Furthermore, we will scrutinize the conditions which have changed since then and how these changes have affected civic engagement, as for instance through the Document no. 9, issued in 2013. From a historical comparative perspective we will explore how current citizens' activities are different now and then. Contributions incorporating the changing contexts in which civic engagements take place are encouraged. While highlighting the impact of new factors like the emergence of social media, an emphasis is also set on identifying stable patterns, values and strategies for civic engagement.  Additionally, the analysis of innovative strategies for civic engagement in its current state which show possible developments and directions for Chinese citizenship are also encouraged.

 

By setting current civic activities in the context of its historic precedent, we hope to capture the dynamic phenomenon of Chinese citizenship and its huge diversity. Thereby we will contribute to a comprehensive understanding of civic engagement, Chinese citizens, citizenship as well as to a greater awareness for the path dependency of civic development in the PRC.  

 

We invite papers from all disciplines of no more than 10,000 words. The deadline for completed papers is October 31st 2014. The papers should clearly state their relevance to this special issue. Empirically rooted contributions are welcomed as well as theory-based articles. We encourage scholars from all disciplines, as well as practitioners from the field of civic engagement, to contribute to this issue. Papers are to be submitted online to the Voluntas Editorial Manager: https://www.editorialmanager.com/volu/, with reference to: Special Issue Citizens in China. Authors of selected papers will be notified by the end of November 2014.  

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Special Issue Call for PapersCivil Society and Third Sector in Latin America and the Caribbean

 

Contents

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 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.  

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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: larsskov@socsci.aau.dk – 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 Volutas featuring 6 – 8 articles. Potential articles for the special issue will be subject to the normal review process of the journal after the conference.

 

Organizers

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

 

Sponsors

Voluntas and Danish Research Network for Civil Society and Volunteering Studies

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Participation and Representation: New Paradigms for Civil Society

Ninth ISTR Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean 

Santiago de Chile, 28 to 30 August 2013

We are very pleased to announce that Bernard Enjolras, Editor of Voluntas, will be attending the 9th Annual Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Conference of ISTR in Santiago, Chile. 

Voluntas plans to publish a special issue on civil society in Latin America and the Caribbean based on a selection of papers from the regional conference.

Please submit your abstract to:  istr@lasociedadcivil.org  by March 25, 2013. The call for papers may be found at the following links:

English Call

Spanish Call


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