Concetto di partnership sociale e applicazioni nel panorama europeo e internazionale
| POLITICHE SOCIALI E SERVIZI - 2011 - 1
This paper deals with the concept of social partnership from a sociological point of view,
paying a particular attention on its possible applications in different social contexts. The author
gives some definitions of social partnership, which is a polysemous and ambiguous term,
closely linked to its birthplace and its context of application. After this brief introduction, the
focus is put on the function of third sector, with its flexibility and closeness to the community
needs. Third sector organisations have an important role in the creation of partnerships, they
work with public and private actors in order to realize shared, multi-dimensional, well-organized
and holistic projects. These interventions are addressed to specific social contexts and
environments. Social partnerships need to develop a relational culture based on sharing, trust
and reciprocity; they permit to realize something unique that a single actor could never reach
alone. The author shows some experiences of partnership carried out in european and international
realities. The necessity of cooperation crossing the borders becomes stronger and stronger.
As a result, the level of social capital raises and several examples of good practises emerge;
the aim is the production of experiences marked by originality, innovation and creativity.