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Dealing with the wicked issue of child poverty : inter-organizational networks as forums for collective debate and reflection

(2020) SOCIAL POLICY & ADMINISTRATION. 54(7). p.1081-1095
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In the international realm, inter-organizational networking is perceived as a highly relevant instrument in social policy that enables welfare organizations to deal with "wicked issues." In this article, we discuss the central empirical findings acquired from a recent qualitative research project that focuses on inter-organizational networks that were formed at the local level to deal with the wicked issue of child poverty as a complex and multidimensional social problem. We explore how the network discussions about normative value orientations in four inter-organizational networks evolve, and identify three central fields of tension that illustrate the complexity for local welfare actors in and across networks to create network strategies in dealing with child poverty: (a) selective versus universal provision, (b) conditional versus unconditional strategies, and (c) instrumental versus lifeworld-oriented approaches. Our findings show that networks can function as valuable forums for collective debate and reflection, since different approaches and perspectives to tackle the problem of child poverty can be confronted with each other. Creating such a forum has the potential to challenge dominant conceptualizations and undesirable assumptions of complex social problems that are present in welfare practices and policies.
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child poverty, inter-organizational networks, social policy, welfare provision, NEW-LABOR, WELFARE, FAMILY, COLLABORATION, ENGAGEMENT, DILEMMAS, WORKING, WORKERS

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Jacquet, Nicolas, et al. “Dealing with the Wicked Issue of Child Poverty : Inter-Organizational Networks as Forums for Collective Debate and Reflection.” SOCIAL POLICY & ADMINISTRATION, vol. 54, no. 7, 2020, pp. 1081–95, doi:10.1111/spol.12586.
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Jacquet, N., Van Haute, D., De Corte, J., Nisen, L., Vandenbroeck, M., & Roets, G. (2020). Dealing with the wicked issue of child poverty : inter-organizational networks as forums for collective debate and reflection. SOCIAL POLICY & ADMINISTRATION, 54(7), 1081–1095. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12586
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Jacquet, Nicolas, Dorien Van Haute, Joris De Corte, Laurent Nisen, Michel Vandenbroeck, and Griet Roets. 2020. “Dealing with the Wicked Issue of Child Poverty : Inter-Organizational Networks as Forums for Collective Debate and Reflection.” SOCIAL POLICY & ADMINISTRATION 54 (7): 1081–95. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12586.
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Jacquet, Nicolas, Dorien Van Haute, Joris De Corte, Laurent Nisen, Michel Vandenbroeck, and Griet Roets. 2020. “Dealing with the Wicked Issue of Child Poverty : Inter-Organizational Networks as Forums for Collective Debate and Reflection.” SOCIAL POLICY & ADMINISTRATION 54 (7): 1081–1095. doi:10.1111/spol.12586.
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Jacquet N, Van Haute D, De Corte J, Nisen L, Vandenbroeck M, Roets G. Dealing with the wicked issue of child poverty : inter-organizational networks as forums for collective debate and reflection. SOCIAL POLICY & ADMINISTRATION. 2020;54(7):1081–95.
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N. Jacquet, D. Van Haute, J. De Corte, L. Nisen, M. Vandenbroeck, and G. Roets, “Dealing with the wicked issue of child poverty : inter-organizational networks as forums for collective debate and reflection,” SOCIAL POLICY & ADMINISTRATION, vol. 54, no. 7, pp. 1081–1095, 2020.
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