Stephen Sinclair

Stephen Sinclair
Glasgow Caledonian University | GCU · Department of Social Sciences, Media and Journalism

PhD

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Introduction
Stephen Sinclair is Co-Director of the Scottish Poverty & Inequality Research Unit (SPIRU) at Glasgow Caledonian University. Stephen does research in Social Policy, Qualitative Social Research and Social Theory.
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December 2014 - present
Glasgow Caledonian University
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  • Professor

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Publications (42)
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Despite a lack of evidence of their effectiveness there is increasing enthusiasm for Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) from diverse political perspectives across the world. This paper argues that while SIBs may potentially be applicable to some technical policy interventions which address relatively simple conditions, they are inappropriate for the comple...
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Far from being a win-win financial instrument, SIBs come with significant technical burdens and exemplify an ideological shift in welfare service provision.
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This article discusses some issues raised by the relationship between social innovation (SI), social enterprise (SE) and local public welfare services. It draws upon evidence analysing SI and SE in Scotland to contribute to the debate as to whether SI and SE will meet expectations in addressing the significant challenges currently faced by welfare...
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Social innovation has become a prominent theme in discussions of social policy reform across the world. This book examines why social innovation is important to social policy analysis. It discusses the theoretical and policy context of this concept; its origin and background; why it has emerged to prominence in recent years and how it has been appl...
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There is growing recognition that UK austerity measures impact adversely and more acutely on the most disadvantaged individuals, communities and groups. These changes may be understood as representing a shift of responsibility away from collectives to individuals. This paper explores these issues through the lens of risk analysis. Drawing on case s...
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The social care sector has been identified as a potential source of job creation for young people by policymakers, however the quality of such employment opportunities requires closer scrutiny. This study reveals how job creation strategies focused upon sectors such as social care which have high levels of employment insecurity can contribute towar...
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In this distinctive introduction Stephen Sinclair illuminates the subject of Social Policy by showing readers how Social Policy analysts think about welfare issues and policies. From what influences the decision to have children to how everyday terms such as ‘youth crime’ or ‘poverty’ reveal the structural processes shaping society, the book illus...
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In February 2012, at the launch of The Social Enterprise Exchange, the self-styled ‘world’s biggest social enterprise event’, Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond MSP, declared that he wanted to “continue to provide the most supportive environment in the world for social enterprise”, while announcing a new programme designed to support Scottish...
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The 2010 Child Poverty Act placed new obligations to address child poverty upon each of the national governments in Britain and all of the local authorities in England and Wales. Local authorities in Scotland do not have the same legal requirement to tackle child poverty, but it is evident that their actions, in conjunction with local partners with...
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Successive UK governments have sought to increase financial inclusion by investing in credit unions. However, responses within the British credit union movement to the government’s latest modernisation and expansion proposals reveal a conflict over perceptions of the purpose of credit unions between those who regard them as a means to provide finan...
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This themed section discusses the conceptual development and related empirical applications of social innovation (SI), a concept acquiring a prominent position in both academia and the world of policy. When SI started being used in the early 1990s relatively few social scientists were familiar with it, mainly those interested in urban policy. Less...
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Chapter Seven focuses on efficiency of administration and the mixing of morals and mathematics in the context of the financialisation of everyday life. They examine the development and scope of Social Impact Bonds (SIBs), a policy instrument designed to extend the role of private finance in welfare provision and delivery, following in the wake of p...
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The 2008 global economic crisis has led to a new age of austerity, based more on politics than economics, which threatens to undermine the very foundations of the welfare state. However, as resistance to the logic of austerity grows, this important book argues that there is still room for optimism.
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Social innovation (SI) is an increasingly prominent but contested issue in discussions of social policy reform. Although not yet a familiar concept, nor widely understood (least of all by policy makers), it has entered mainstream policy discourses. However whether SI marks a significant departure in either theory or in practice, or merely in rhetor...
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The article aims to discuss findings from a knowledge exchange review of financial inclusion in Britain and compare these to key features of financial exclusion evident from European analyses. This paper is based on an innovative knowledge exchange project. Rapid research reviews analysed evidence on financial exclusion in Britain in relation to ac...
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This article provides a rounded critique of social impact bonds (SIBs): a newly developed and innovative financial investment model, developed in the UK and starting to spread internationally that could transform the provision of social services. Although SIBs have the potential to influence delivery by all providers, this article raises three conc...
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Purpose The purposes of this paper are twofold: first, to articulate why social business represents an important area of consideration for public policy based on the limits of traditional markets to address the challenges which social businesses, in various forms, are now attempting to meet; and, from this, to outline a framework and set of questio...
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Partnership working between the public, private and third sectors is a defining feature of the contemporary local public policy landscape in the UK. Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs) in Scotland involve representatives from different sectors working in partnership, led by the relevant local authority. CPPs resemble local governance reforms els...
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‘Markets’ and ‘health’ are often seen as contradictions in terms. Strong economic cases have been made for ‘treasures’ such as the UK National Health Service to be publicly-funded. This does not preclude participation in market mechanisms as a determinant of health. With new ways being sought to combat health inequalities, we outline how microcredi...
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Access to and engagement with information and communications technologies (ICTs) are increasingly important aspects of social inclusion. This paper draws upon analyses of UK survey data and a review of research on communications and social exclusion published in the UK between 2001 - 2006 to examine the social distribution of access to and uptake o...
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Recent UK government statements and education policies have emphasized the need to instil a ‘culture of aspiration’ among young people in deprived communities to address social exclusion. Specific proposals include raising the school leaving age to 18 and extending compulsory employment training.These statements and measures express the employment-...
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In democracies, public support is an important prelude to government-led anti-poverty strategies. Furthermore, tackling poverty is less likely to be achieved by government acting unilaterally. This is recognised by the Scottish Government in its Discussion Paper on Tackling Poverty, Inequality and Deprivation in Scotland, which states: ‘We need the...
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Viewpoint Informing debate This Viewpoint discusses progress made in Scotland to end child poverty. Child poverty has fallen in Scotland, but evidence from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation suggests that the current rate of progress will not achieve the 2020 target to eradicate child poverty. The authors outline what the Scottish Government needs to d...
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Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs) are a central feature of a programmeof local government modernisation and public service reform in Scotland. CPPsare intended to ensure that local authorities, other local public agencies, thevoluntary, community and private sectors develop a shared vision for their areaand work in partnership to implement thi...
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How the media in the UK represents poverty and its effect on wider public understanding. The media fulfi ls an important role in shaping, amplifying and responding to public attitudes toward poverty. This study, part of the 'Public Interest in Poverty Issues' research programme, explores the role of national, local and community media in refl ectin...
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WillPaxton and StuartWhite, with DominicMaxwell (eds) (2006), The Citizens' Stake: Exploring the Future of Universal Asset Policies. Bristol: The Policy Press. £19.99, pp.212, pbk. - Volume 36 Issue 4 - STEPHEN SINCLAIR
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This article examines whether young people in a deprived area are disaffected with education, training and employment, or disengaged from participation in their community. It draws upon evidence from the Drumchapel Aspirations Survey, a study of the attitudes, aspirations and skills of young people from one of the most deprived areas of Glasgow. Th...
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There has been in recent years considerable emphasis on market-oriented reforms and consumer empowerment measures within British social and housing policy. Underlying many such initiatives is a model of human action and motivation based on rational choice theory. Proposals for the introduction of 'shopping incentives' within Housing Benefit are a p...
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Viviana A. Zelizer, The Social Meaning of Money: Pin Money, Paychecks, Poor Relief, and Other Currencies, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997, £10.95 pbk, xi+286 pp. (ISBN: 0-691-04821-5). - - Volume 32 Issue 4 - Stephen P. Sinclair
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Occasionally it seems as if it might have been more pleasant to have studied Social Policy in, say, the 1950s. From the fluid and turbulent perspective of the 1990s it appears an era of relative tranquillity and certainty: there were fewer books to read, apparently more certainty of both purpose and means (although it is a sign of our times that th...
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StittSean, Poverty And Poor Relief: Concepts And Reality, Avebury, Aldershot, 1994, 214 pp., hard £32.50. - Volume 24 Issue 2 - Stephen P. Sinclair

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The project “For a Better Tomorrow: Social Enterprises on the Move” (FAB-MOVE) is funded by the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE). It brings together researchers and practitioners from 17 countries worldwide in order to explore the question of how social enterprises can grow and flourish. http://www.uni-muenster.de/IfPol/FAB-MOVE/
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EFESEIIS is a research project funded by EU FP7 that responds to the challenges identified in Europe 2020 Strategy for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth and HORIZON 2020 in order to contribute to inclusive, innovative and secure societies