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Legislating for Social Value

Teasdale, S., Alcock, P., & Smith, G. 2011. Legislating for the Big Society? The Case of the Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill, paper presented at Social Policy Association Conference, University of Lincoln, 4-6 July 2011. The Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill, a Conservative MP’s Private Member’s Bill to enshrine the importance of social value creation and social impact is making its way through the UK Parliament. The Bill was … Continue reading

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The UK’s Big Society experiment: “the move away from Big Government.”

The UK Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government has embraced a vision for a Big Society, described by them “as helping people to come together to improve their own lives. It’s about putting more power in people’s hands – a massive transfer of power from Whitehall to local communities; allowing more diverse providers of public services and greater power for communities to make local decisions, bringing huge opportunities to charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises.” The three … Continue reading

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Issue 12: Summer 2011-2012: Social Entrepreneurship – The Revolution Matures

The discourse around social entrepreneurship continues at a pace: more international conferences, research interest, journals and university courses are some of the identifiers. Alongside the continuing emergence of innovative start-up social enterprises and          businesses is the reality that the field has matured sufficiently to begin to measure impact: some established social ventures have scaled up and succeeded and some have failed. Hence I have included the recently published case study of … Continue reading

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Autumn 2010: Engaging in Public Policy

6. Autumn 2010: Engaging in Public Policy Welcome to the sixth issue of Knowledge Connect.  This issue considers the causes of major public policy failings in both the short and long term.  With the failure of the UN Copenhagen Conference on climate change to the failings of humanitarian relief there is now a renewed call for policymakers to re-orient their response. New Yorker writer George Packer pleads for longer-term recovery rather than band-aid solutions for … Continue reading

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Spring 2008: Philanthropy, Social Investment and Public Policy

Welcome to Knowledge Connect, CSI’s review of noteworthy social impact thinking worldwide. In this issue, five selected articles focus on the market dynamics of philanthropic and social investment funds. From the expansion of social investment in the UK, the dawn of non-profit IPOs, and excesses in US philanthropy, we examine ideas flowing from the social marketplace. What’s working? What’s not? And, what’s an appropriate role for the State? Two of the pieces summarised focus on … Continue reading

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