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Resources, Rights and Capabilities in Search of Social Foundations for Europe (CAPRIGHT)

This is an EU Framework VI project. The overall concern of the project is the promotion of individual and collective capabilities based on research into the relations between labour markets, employment and welfare regimes, drawing on Sen’s capabilities approach.

IER contributes to work under the heading of ‘Between nations and localities – co-ordinating agencies and policy instruments’. The project seeks to address questions such as: how do policy agencies co-ordinate to promote independence and personal initiative? What links exist between active welfare and innovation policies that require new skills? In the processes of policy evaluation, what cognitive tools are employed, based on which normative values? Does policy appraisal aid (or impede) the enhancement of capability, the promotion of choice and independence?

This requires an examination of inter-agency action in specific regional localities, with IER undertaking two separate pieces of research into worklessness and activation policy.

For more information go to the CAPRIGHT Project website.

Project outputs include:

Green, A. and Orton, M. (forthcoming) ‘Policy innovation in a fragmented and complex multi-level governance context: worklessness and the City Strategy in Britain’ Regional Studies

Bonvin, J.-M. and Orton, M. (2009) ‘Activation policies and organisational innovation: the added value of the capability approach’ International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 29 (11) 612-623.

Green, A.E. and Orton, M. (2009) ‘The integration of activation policy at sub-national level: a case study of the City Strategy initiative in an English sub-region’ International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 29 (11) 565-574.

Lindley, R. and Orton, M. (2008) CAPRIGHT project report 'Between nations and localities: Co-ordinating agencies and policy instruments - A Case Study of the ‘City Strategy Initiative’ in the Birmingham, Coventry and the Black Country Sub-region' Coventry: Warwick Institute for Employment Research.

Project partner institutions:

Institutions et Dynamiques Historiques de l'Economie
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales / Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires sur l'Allemagne
UNIVERSITE DE NANTES - Laboratoire de Droit et Changement Social
UNANCY2 - Université Nancy 2
Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales
Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur les Qualifications
Groupe de Recherche sur les Acteurs Internationaux et leurs Discours
Unité d'Anthropologie et de Sociologie
Observatoire Social Européen
Soziologisches Forschunginstitut Goettingen (SOFI) E.V.
Forschungs- und Beratungsstelle Arbeitswelt
Universita Degli Studi di Genova
Centro de Estudos de Economia Industrial, do Trabalho e da Empresa
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Centre for Business Research
Szkola Glowna Handlowa
Institute of Educational Sciences
University of National and World Economy
Centro Interdisciplinario Para El Estudio de Politicas Publicas
Universidad De La Republica
Berliner Kolleg für Vergleichende Geschichte Europas
Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale
Universität Bremen


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IER project team:

Robert Lindley

Michael Orton