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Research and educational journal
Published quarterly since 2007
ISSN 1999-5431
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Felix Arrieta1, Ainhoa Izaguirre2, Martín Zuñiga2
  • 1 Lecturer and researcher in Social Policy, Department of Social Work and Sociology, University of Deusto, Universidad de Deusto, Camino Mundaiz, 50, 20012 Donostia-San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain.
  • 2 Lecturer and researcher in Social Work, Department of Social Work and Sociology, University of Deusto, Universidad de Deusto, Camino Mundaiz, 50, 20012 Donostia-San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain.


2020. No. 6. P. 118–132 [issue contents]
The difficulties that European Welfare States are experiencing in order to respond to emerging social needs are making a re-configuration of the welfare system inevitable. In this sense, spheres such as the third sector are gaining special attention due to their role in the provision of welfare. This paper qualitatively addresses the interaction between public administration and the third sector using the example of welfare provision in the Province of Gipuzkoa. Specifically, our research focuses on the existing instruments for this interaction and the existing spaces for representation and interaction between both.
By means of a participatory approach based on qualitative techniques, professionals from the public administration and the third sector were given voice. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with nine participants considered by the research team as references in the field of the third sector. To complement and advance in the understanding of the information obtained, three discussion groups were also set up: two were formed by participants who are in charge of third sector organizations; and the third was made up of technicians from the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa.
Altogether, the results obtained illustrate much confusion between both actors concerning how their relationships should be  built, as  traditional ways seem insufficient. Although the creation of the civil dialogue table seems like an alternative, it presents several difficulties in terms of ensuring the representation of all third sector organizations.

Citation: Arrieta F., Izaguirre, A. & Zuñiga, M. (2020). New Spaces in the Public Arena: Learnings from Gipuzkoa. Public Administration Issues, no 6 (Special Issue II) pp. 118–132 (in English).

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