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The Foundational Economy and CitizenshipComparative Perspectives on Civil Repair$
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Filippo Barbera and Ian Jones

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447353355

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447353355.001.0001

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The non-profit paradox after the 2008 financial crisis: How to survive within a changing scenario

The non-profit paradox after the 2008 financial crisis: How to survive within a changing scenario

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(p.73) 4 The non-profit paradox after the 2008 financial crisis: How to survive within a changing scenario
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The Foundational Economy and Citizenship
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Sandro Busso

Joselle Dagnes

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447353355.003.0005

The chapter explores the Italian market for social welfare, focusing on the key features and main changes of the nonprofit sector within this field. The nonprofit sector has undoubtedly played a pivotal role in welfare systems over the last thirty years for economic and political factors, but its growth and marketization has provoked tension and threatened its potential in advancing citizenship. Tensions have been further exacerbated by the economic crisis: resource constraints and the growing uncertainties have indeed endangered citizens’ rights, triggering workers’ exploitation and value extraction. These effects are common across the market and the nonprofits are not immune. Specifically, the model of value extraction that has spread in this sector is based on low intensity mechanisms rather than on large scale “predatory” strategies, and on a prevalent redistribution, rather than appropriation, of the economic value. Despite its lower visibility, we show that such a model has profound implications for citizenship, affecting the quality of service offered and lowering labour standards and rights for workers.

Keywords:   Nonprofit, Third sector, Economic crisis, Value extraction, Social policies

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