Call for Proposals for the PERSPECTIVES FOR THE FIELD section of the Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research

Maximum length of contributions: 1500 words (not including references)

Target audience: academic and professional practice communities

Proposals submission:

Deadline: April 15, 2023

Deadline for full article if selected: May 15, 2023

State and external funding can have a significant impact on nonprofit and social economy organizations, as these organizations often rely on these sources to carry out their activities. In particular, State funding can contribute to ensuring some financial stability for these organizations by providing them with grants or through public-private partnerships. However, dependence on public funding can also make organizations vulnerable to changes in government priorities, as part of a general trend that has been ongoing for several decades of states shedding responsibility.

As Benoit Lévesque reminds us: "The question of the 'basic function and new role of public powers' is still relevant. Neoliberalism has undoubtedly fulfilled a specific historical function: to question the paradigm of the state that prevailed until then, but it has not succeeded in providing a new paradigm whose legitimacy would be widely, even almost naturally, imposed" (Lévesque, 2003, p. 490, our translation).

In a broader perspective, ongoing transformations are certainly not only associated with problems and difficulties. The restructuring of the state's role and the emergence of other actors (foundations, associations, etc.), already present and embedded in society, also bring positive effects and opportunities for favorable social innovation: "(…) one can even advance the hypothesis of a new paradigm in (slow) emergence that would make it possible to rethink the relations between the state, the market, and civil society" (Lévesque, 2003, p. 490).

This call aims to collect contributions (1500 words max) on the changes in the financing of nonprofit and social economy organisations in recent years. How has the mix of funding sources received from the government, businesses and other nonprofits (for instance, foundations) changed over the last 20 years? What is the impact on earned income? What consequences has it brought to the nonprofit and social economy sector? What are the improvements but also the new challenges of new modes of financing? How have practices changed?

Up to three submissions will be accepted.