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Routledge Studies in Social Enterprise & Social Innovation


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Over the last decades, in parallel to major changes towards privatization in the welfare regimes of advanced industrialized countries, social innovation, social enterprise and social entrepreneurship have gradually become "à la mode". They are interpreted in policy documents in market-economic terms, making social enterprises a valuable partner for policy makers looking for innovative ways of addressing social and societal problems, among which bringing the excluded back into society and increasing social cohesion. However, balancing active citizenship and empowerment, on the one hand, and market-based social service delivery and innovation in a sustainable manner, on the other, represents a daunting challenge.

In this context, social innovation is conceived as creative solutions to existing wicked social problems, at the level of both concrete outcome and process; and social enterprises are heralded as vehicles for such societal improvement. However, beyond the superficial approaches to social innovation, its relationship with social enterprises and social entrepreneurship remains to be better understood and systematized. Therefore, the series invites contributions that are committed to understanding the complexity of these transformations by engaging in new dialogues within and among all regions of the world, each with its specific historical, cultural, social and political contexts, as well as among disciplines, as these evolutions must be tackled in their multi-dimensional nature.

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Social Enterprise, Health, and Wellbeing Theory, Methods, and Practice

Social Enterprise, Health, and Wellbeing: Theory, Methods, and Practice

1st Edition

Edited By Michael J. Roy, Jane Farmer
August 27, 2021

In recent decades, governments have promoted social enterprise as a means to address welfare and tackle disadvantage. Early academic work on social enterprises reflected this development and engaged with their ability to deliver and create jobs, work towards remedial environmental goals, and ...

Social Enterprise in Western Europe Theory, Models and Practice

Social Enterprise in Western Europe: Theory, Models and Practice

1st Edition

Edited By Jacques Defourny, Marthe Nyssens
April 13, 2021

In the last two decades, the quest for a widely accepted definition of social enterprise has been a central issue in a great number of publications. The main objective of the ICSEM Project on which this book is based was to show that the social enterprise field would benefit much more from linking ...

Social Enterprise in Asia Theory, Models and Practice

Social Enterprise in Asia: Theory, Models and Practice

1st Edition

Edited By Eric Bidet, Jacques Defourny
March 31, 2021

In the absence of a widely accepted and common definition of social enterprise (SE), a large research project, the "International Comparative Social Enterprise Models" (ICSEM) Project, was carried out over a five-year period; it involved more than 200 researchers from 55 countries and relied on ...

Social Enterprise in Latin America Theory, Models and Practice

Social Enterprise in Latin America: Theory, Models and Practice

1st Edition

Edited By Luiz Inácio Gaiger, Marthe Nyssens, Fernanda Wanderley
March 31, 2021

In the absence of a widely accepted and common definition of social enterprise (SE), a large research project, the "International Comparative Social Enterprise Models" (ICSEM) Project, was carried out over a five-year period; it involved more than 200 researchers from 55 countries and relied on ...

Theory of Social Enterprise and Pluralism Social Movements, Solidarity Economy, and Global South

Theory of Social Enterprise and Pluralism: Social Movements, Solidarity Economy, and Global South

1st Edition

Edited By Philippe Eynaud, Jean-Louis Laville, Luciane dos Santos, Swati Banerjee, Flor Avelino, Lars Hulgård
March 31, 2021

In the past decades, social enterprise has been an emerging field of research. Its main frameworks have been provided by Occidental approaches. Mainly based on an organizational vision, they give little or no room to questions such as gender, race, colonialism, class, power relations and ...

Social Innovation in Latin America Maintaining and Restoring Social and Natural Capital

Social Innovation in Latin America: Maintaining and Restoring Social and Natural Capital

1st Edition

Edited By Sara Calvo, Andrés Morales
March 09, 2021

The Latin American continent contains an incredibly rich diversity from which humans derive a range of ecosystem services (e.g. material goods, cultural benefits, climate regulation, etc.) that contribute to livelihoods and well-being. It has become critical to reconcile social and environmental ...

Social Enterprise in Central and Eastern Europe Theory, Models and Practice

Social Enterprise in Central and Eastern Europe: Theory, Models and Practice

1st Edition

Edited By Jacques Defourny, Marthe Nyssens
February 26, 2021

In the last two decades, the quest for a widely accepted definition of social enterprise has been a central issue in a great number of publications. The main objective of the ICSEM Project (on which this book is based) was to show that the social enterprise field would benefit much more from ...

People-Centered Social Innovation Global Perspectives on an Emerging Paradigm

People-Centered Social Innovation: Global Perspectives on an Emerging Paradigm

1st Edition

Edited By Swati Banerjee, Stephen Carney, Lars Hulgard
July 23, 2019

Social Innovation is emerging as an alternate interdisciplinary development pathway of knowledge and practice that aims to understand and address contemporary complexities and multi – dimensional social realities. BEPA (2011) defines social innovation as, ‘innovations that are social in both their ...

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Rural Europe

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Rural Europe

1st Edition

By Ralph Richter, Matthias Fink, Richard Lang, Daniela Maresch
June 24, 2019

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Rural Europe investigates how social entrepreneurship advances social innovation in rural Europe and contributes to fighting social and economic challenges in these regions. Based on longitudinal data collected in four European countries, this book ...

Social Innovation Comparative Perspectives

Social Innovation: Comparative Perspectives

1st Edition

By Helmut Anheier, Gorgi Krlev, Georg Mildenberger
October 25, 2018

Social Innovation: Comparative Perspectives investigates socio-economic impact. Since it is hard to establish causality and to measure social properties when investigating impact, especially at the level of society, the book narrows down impact to one priority aspect: social innovation – understood...

Social Enterprise and Special Events

Social Enterprise and Special Events

1st Edition

Edited By Julie Olberding
August 06, 2018

During the past twenty years, the field of nonprofit management has grown significantly in terms of the number of nonprofit organizations, number of people employed, and amount of funds raised. A key activity in nonprofit management has been organizing events, which are generally defined as "...

Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprises Nordic Perspectives

Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprises: Nordic Perspectives

1st Edition

Edited By Linda Lundgaard Andersen, Malin Gawell, Roger Spear
August 06, 2018

Migrant women stepping into ethnic catering; homeless men employed to take care of bees producing honey for sale; young people on the edge getting microcredit funding to start social businesses; or former criminals joining forces to create social and economic structures for an honest lifestyle. ...

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