Two talks next week

By , January 31, 2013 2:37 pm

Next week, we are co-sponsoring two lectures with the Urban Network. The first will be a presentation of a paper by James DeFilippis, Associate Professor at Rutgers University entitled:  Questions and Dilemmas of Immigration, Social Justice, and the Right to the City.  It will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 12:00-1:15 in the Social Science Research Building, Room 401.

ABSTRACT: Transnational migration has (once again) been transforming American cities and American society over the course of the last 40 years.  This ongoing transformation raises a whole set of questions and dilemmas for researchers primarily concerned with justice.  Some of these questions are economic and rooted in the distribution of goods and resources in society, while others are less immediately tangible and rooted in questions of the very constitution of political communities.  Some of these questions are national in scale, while others are much more explicitly urban.  Most of these questions are under-explored by both those that study immigration and by those who theorize social justice and individual and collective rights in and to the city.  This paper will try to bridge these disparate conversations and make explicit questions and problems that are too often left under-discussed.  It does not provide any clear answers to most of these issues, but instead points to ways in which such questions and dilemmas might be addressed in both theory and practice.

The second talk by James DeFilippis, Associate Professor at Rutgers University and Phil Ashton, Associate Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago, will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 12:00-1:15, The Harris School of Public Policy, Seminar Room 232.  The talk is entitled: Now Where I’ll Find Comfort, God Knows, ‘Cause You Left Me Just When I Needed You Most: Non-Profits, Business Cycles and the Remaking of the American Welfare State.

ABSTRACT: One of the defining economic justifications for the welfare state has been its capacity to intervene counter-cyclically, propping up aggregate demand during economic recessions and cushioning the blow of a contracting economy on households. But as the US welfare regime has combined retrenchment with increasing reliance on the “shadow state” to provide goods and services, we argue that the net results have been a distinctive form of pro-cyclicality to US social policy. We argue that pro-cyclicality produces incentives for existing not-for-profits to expand their programming, and for new organizations to form, during boom periods, with a particular pattern to the expansion of the shadow state evident during the 1993-1998 and 2002-2007 periods. Correspondingly, we chart the dramatic contraction of those sectors – the number of organizations, and the scale of financial distress – since the 2007 financial crisis and the onset of recession. We conclude by assessing the broader implications of these boom-bust dynamics for the non-profitization of the American welfare regime.

We hope you can make it next week and to subsequent sessions!


Amy Khare & Jeffrey Parker, Co-coordinators of the Workshop on City, Society and Space

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