The Third Sector, the State and the Market: challenges and opportunities in an era of austerity

Last updated, 10 Oct 2014
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Sheffield Hallam University
The Circle, Sheffield

Event overview:
The relationship between the third sector and the state is in a process of change, and the current focus on austerity in economic policy is playing its part in shaping the change process. The increasing focus, by central government, on ‘market-based solutions to social problems’ is leading some commentators to suggest that third sector organisations including social enterprises, voluntary sector organisations and not-for-profits, are becoming tools of the state and the market.

This symposium is interested in investigating the challenges and opportunities arising from the current government's policy towards the third sector. More broadly the symposium will consider how those in the third sector understand their own role in relation to the state and the market, and how organisations may be affected by pressures to adopt ‘mainstream business practices’.
We encourage both academics and third sector practitioners to join us for the symposium, which is free to attend. We have some exceptional speakers lined-up who will be presenting, and stimulating discussion on, a range of themes. Focusing on contemporary relations between the third sector, the state and markets, the following subjects will be explored;
 The scope and limits of volunteering within the current era
 The emergence of new models for ownership of organisations and property
 The marketization of public services and its consequences for third sector organisations

The symposium will also include keynote addresses from Rob Macmillan of the Third Sector Research Centre, and Professor Angela Eikenberry from the University of Nebraska.

Places at the symposium are limited to 40, so prior booking is essential. To book a place please fill in the attached form and send it to Emma Smith at