P43 SIG Civil society and community self-organisations

Corresponding chair

Sanna Tuurnas (University of Vaasa) sanna.tuurnas@uwasa.fi 

Review group chair

Kelly Hall (University of Birmingham) k.j.hall@bham.ac.uk 


Richard Hazenberg (University of Northampton) 

Malika Igalla (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

José Nederhand (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Madeline Powell (University of York)

Edwina Zhu (University of Bristol)


Contemporary society is confronted with unprecedented challenges which have stimulated increasing collaboration and coordination between public and civil society actors. More responsibility is being given to civil society, citizens and community self-organisations to (co)produce public services. This panel invites scholars to introduce, explore and explain how civil society and community self-organisations (e.g. social enterprises and community initiatives) undertake the responsibility of (co)producing public services and meeting social needs. We encourage papers that examine their capacity and durability to (co)produce public services, their impact on the principles and practices of public services and their effectiveness at delivering positive public and social value for beneficiaries and wider society. We also welcome papers that study the interplay between government and civil society or community self-organisations, and how challenges in these complex interactions can be overcome.

We welcome conceptual and empirical studies that seek to critically address key questions like:

  • How should governments be organised to facilitate public participation, co-production and self-organisation within civil society?
  • What challenges do civil society and community self-organisations face when managing hybrid social and economic aims?
  • What are the determinants for legitimate and effective (co)production between actors from civil society, community self-organisations and the state?
  • What is the capacity of community self-organisations to co-create value for beneficiaries, the local community and wider society?