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Social entrepreneurs as alternative providers of social services in Germany : an analysis of social entrepreneurial activity in the area of children and youth services

Hoppe, Julia (2015) Social entrepreneurs as alternative providers of social services in Germany : an analysis of social entrepreneurial activity in the area of children and youth services.

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Abstract:The services of the six Free Welfare Associations have a long tradition in Germany. However, the German welfare system is constantly facing various challenges. One of these challenges are New Social Risks. Changing family structures and career profiles, changes to the labour market and various care responsibilities led to a higher and also to a different demand of social services. Moreover, some groups are more affected by these New Social Risks: young people, women and low skilled people. This thesis leans on Giuliano Bonoli’s argumentation that those groups do not have enough political weight to be heard in the political process. Thus, the result is that their demands are not sufficiently covered by traditional welfare providers. That is why this thesis aims to investigate whether and how social entrepreneurs differentiate themselves from these traditional actors and thus if they might be alternative service providers. The analysis of children and youth services revealed that social entrepreneurs are first of all very active in this area and hence provide services for one of the most affected groups. Secondly, it turned out that social entrepreneurs offer mainly preventative services and thus differentiate themselves from the mainly follow-up offers by the traditional welfare organisations.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/68691
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