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The Economics of Social Responsibility

The World of Social Enterprises, 1st Edition

Edited by Carlo Borzaga, Leonardo Becchetti


272 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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This book offers a rethinking of the burgeoning research on not-for-profit organizations and socially responsible economics. Adopting a comparative approach, the chapters explore and reinterpret the impact of social enterprises on the provision of general-interest services, work integration, microfinance, and fair trade, and show how these enterprises form the hub of an emerging economy of social responsibility. The book provides a new interpretation of social enterprises as entrepreneurial organizations that pursue social objectives and are successful due to the non-self-seeking motives of their members.

This book will be of interest to postgraduate students, professionals working in the not-for-profit sector, and scholars interested in socially responsible economics. It is particularly suitable for seminars and workshops focusing on the management of not-for-profit organizations, sustainable development, and globalization.

Table of Contents

Introduction Leonardo Becchetti and Carlo and Carlo Borzaga 1. The economics of social enterprises: an interpretive framework Carlo Borzaga and Ermanno Tortia 2. The competitive advantages of social enterprises Sara Depedri 3. The impact of social enterprises on output, employment, and welfare Ermanno Tortia 4. From economic growth to sustainable development Leonardo Becchetti and Giuseppe Mastromatteo 5. The provision of welfare and general-interest services Luca Fazzi 6. Social enterprises and the integration of disadvantaged workers Giulia Galera 7. The fair-trade debate and its underpinnings Leonardo Becchetti 8. An empirical test of fair trade Leonardo Becchetti and Marco Costantino 9. Microfinance: a frontier social enterprise Leonardo Becchetti 10. Only the fittest survive? A test of the sustainability of corporate social responsibility Leonardo Becchetti and Rocco Ciciretti

About the Editors

Leonardo Becchetti is Professor of Economics at the University of Rome 'Tor Vergata', Italy.

Carlo Borzaga is Professor of Economics in the Faculty at the University of Trento, Italy, and President of the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (Euricse).

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Social Economics

This series presents new advances and developments in social economics thinking on a variety of subjects that concern the link between social values and economics. Need, justice and equity, gender, cooperation, work, poverty, the environment, class, institutions, public policy, and methodology are some of the most important themes. Among the orientations of the authors are social economist, institutionalist, humanist, solidarist, cooperativist, radical and Marxist, feminist, post-Keynesian, behaviorist, and environmentalist. The series offers new contributions from today’s most foremost thinkers on the social character of the economy. 

Publishes in conjunction with the Association of Social Economics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Nonprofit Organizations & Charities