Welfare societies through social democracy and solidarity economy at the 3<sup>rd</sup> EMES-Polanyi Seminar

Welfare societies through social democracy and solidarity economy at the 3rd EMES-Polanyi Seminar

We are very pleased to announce the 3rd EMES-Polanyi International Seminar, which will be hosted by Roskilde University (RUC), Denmark, from 16-17 April 2018.

The title ‘Welfare societies in transition – Polanyi revisited through the lens of welfare state, social democracy and solidarity economy’ already draws attention to the focus of contributions sought: the role of civil society and citizen-driven initiatives in times of retreating mass oriented solidarity through public redistribution, new or desirable relationships between collective action and public institutions to address social inequalities, and the promotion of a new socio-economic paradigms that foster freedom and achieve the inclusion of diverse groups within the framework of the nation state.

2nd EMES-Polanyi seminar 1

Identifying a potentially dangerous situation for the future of democracy without such a new paradigm of closer collaboration between public institutions and civil society the seminar chairs, Lars Hulgård (Roskilde University, Denmark and EMES) and Jean-Louis Laville (Collège d’études mondiales, France, Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy and EMES) proposed five thematic streams:

  • promoting institutional-reciprocal welfare linked to Polanyian terms of reciprocity and redistribution;
  • solidarity economy and commons managing public goods;
  • dialogue between public policy and civil society;
  • people-centered social innovation and participatory governance;
  • and action research as a tool to facilitate and scale social mobilization.


I am excited to host such a group of advanced theorists and engaged and committed international scholars on urgent societal issues here at Roskilde University. We will do our best to make it an event to remember”, says Prof. Lars Hulgård of host institution Center for Social Entrepreneurship, which is an institutional member of EMES.

2nd EMES-Polanyi seminar 2

With the third edition of this biennial seminar EMES continues its collaboration with the Karl Polanyi Institute and welcomes RUC and the Collège d’études mondiales in Paris as new co-organising partners. Many thanks also to Danish Co-operative Employer’s Organisation Kooperationen for financial support.

You can begin preparing your abstract by reading the Call for papers, which was just launched. The submission period will open at the end of November.

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