Greenspun College of Urban Affairs & School of Social Work Scholar Series: Dr. David Lewis


Feb. 22, 2017, 1pm to 2pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Greenspun Hall Auditorium


Dr. David Lewis, Professor of Social Policy & Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science, will present a talk entitled, Building the Welfare Mix, or Sidelining the State? Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Developing Countries as Social Policy Actors.

Although a major topic within international development studies since the 1980s, the subject of NGOs (or 'nonprofit organizations', or 'third sector') in developing countries has only recently begun to interest social policy researchers. The study of social policy a has been dominated by a state-centered approach, focused on industrialized countries, and has usually underplayed the roles of non-governmental actors. For example, Gøsta Esping-Andersen’s (1990) influential three-fold typology of industrialized country ‘welfare regimes’ had remarkably little to say about non-state actors. Given the centrality to mainstream social policy of the idea of a welfare state based on citizenship rights, originally created in order to replace patchy private and charitable service provision, the ambiguous view of organizations that are either neither governmental nor fully part of the private for-profit business sector is in many ways understandable. But it is increasingly out of date, and at odds with reality. NGOs play increasingly important roles in relation to sector policy, redistribution and rights, social issues, and welfare regime theory. However, this raises critical questions about the centrality of the state in organizing provision.

Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact Information

Nicole Huckins

External Sponsor

Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and the School of Social Work