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Exploring the meso-territorialization of third sector administration and welfare delivery in federal and union states: evidence and theory-building from the UK

Chaney, Paul, Sophocleous, Christala and Wincott, Daniel 2022. Exploring the meso-territorialization of third sector administration and welfare delivery in federal and union states: evidence and theory-building from the UK. Regional and Federal Studies 32 (2) , pp. 231-254. 10.1080/13597566.2020.1822341

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Abstract

The international trend of state restructuring and the rise of decentralized welfare systems means a key challenge for social research is to systematically explore the breadth of factors shaping the territorialization of third sector welfare delivery at the meso level in federal and union states. We address this lacuna by synthesizing historical-institutionalism and critical realism with Salamon and Anheier’s classic framework on civic infrastructure development to produce an inductive analytical model for wider empirical testing. Its application here to the longitudinal case study data covering Wales shows it to be effective in providing a holistic understanding of the temporal and spatial processes underpinning decentralization. The wider significance of the case study lies in underlining the iterative, reciprocal relationship between governance reforms and territorialization – and showing how territorialization can originate in response to national crises and welfare demand caused by state and market failure in the delivery of public goods.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1359-7566
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 October 2020
Date of Acceptance: 8 September 2020
Last Modified: 10 May 2022 13:49
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/135660

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