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Capability-Promoting PoliciesEnhancing Individual and Social Development$
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Hans-Uwe Otto, Melanie Walker, and Holger Ziegler

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447334316

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447334316.001.0001

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The third sector and capability-promoting policies

The third sector and capability-promoting policies

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Capability-Promoting Policies

Giuseppe Acconcia

Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti

Paolo R. Graziano

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on third sector associations and the development of capability-promoting policy in Italy. It employs the capability approach as a basic framework to analyse social phenomena in order to elucidate the role of third sector associations at the local level in promoting socially innovative processes to enable the integration of groups formerly excluded from the labour market (such as disadvantaged youths). It considers the extent to which third sector stakeholders enhance policy integration and social innovation by drawing on the results of fieldwork research involving the Libera network, a grassroots association supporting community empowerment projects engaged in managing confiscated lands owned by mafias in Milan and Naples. The chapter highlights the factors driving the differential impact of a capability approach to social innovation and the limits of third sector participation both at the meso and micro levels with respect to policies aimed at contrasting youth unemployment.

Keywords:   third sector associations, Italy, capability approach, policy integration, social innovation, Libera, community empowerment, mafias, youth unemployment, capability-promoting policy

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