This theme explores the inter-relationship between aspects of civil society and the economy in a time of austerity by examining how economic trends are related to key aspects of civil society including; levels of social enterprise, trade union membership and participation in associational life, access to community services, social cohesion and well-being at local scales.
Work Package 3.1: This project will utilise a range of econometric approaches to analyse entrepreneurial activity, the growth in Social enterprise and the changing role of the third sector. Research will focus on the early stages of entrepreneurial activity and also on the survival and performance of small businesses in Wales (and beyond) as a means to contribute to economic growth and more widely, wellbeing.
Work Package 3.2: The proposed study will carry out analysis of existing secondary sources of quantitative data in order to investigate levels of social capital within communities in relation to changing levels of provision of key public services.
Work Package 3.3: This project builds on previous WISERD research into trade union membership in Wales. It will utilise a mixed-methods approach, combining quantitative data analysis and a series of qualitative interviews, to investigating the reasons behind trends and geographical variations in trade union membership.
Work Package 3.4: This project builds on previous research undertaken by the team. It will utilise a mixed methods approach, combining secondary analysis of existing datasets, development of case studies, documentary analysis and a series of interviews to investigate the impact of Faith-Based welfare provision on social cohesion.
Work Package 3.5: This project will utilise a range of econometric techniques to investigate the nature of the relationship between the domains of individual subjective wellbeing, individual and household characteristics, work/life circumstances, and a range of indicators related to the measurement of social cohesion and civil society.