What are the characteristics of social enterprises? What are the future prospects for social enterprises? What do social enterprises contribute?
Analyzing social enterprises in fifteen different countries, The Emergence of Social Enterprise seeks to answer these important questions while investigating the remarkable growth in the 'third sector'.
Using the social enterprises as case-studies, theory and practice is combined in a compelling argument to support the concept of an 'emergence' of social enterprise. Written by leading academics, in an accessible yet informed style, this book will be vital reading for all those studying and teaching non-profit organizations, social policy, social economy and civil society.
Table of Contents
Introduction: From Third Sector to Social Enterprise Part 1: Social Enterprises in the Fifteen EU Countries 1. Austria: Social Enterprises and New Childcare Services 2. Belgium: Social Enterprises in Community Services 3. Denmark: Co-operative Activity and Community Development 4. Finland: Labour Co-operatives as an Innovative Response to Unemployment 5. France: Social Enterprises Developing 'Proximity Services' 6. Germany: Social Enterprises and Transitional Employment 7. Greece: Social Enterprises Responding to Welfare Needs 8. Ireland: Social Enterprises and Local Development 9. Italy: From Traditional Cooperatives to Innovative Social Enterprises 10. Luxembourg: Work-Integration Social Enterprises in an Emerging Third Sector 11. Portugal: Co-operatives for Rehabilitation of People with Disabilities 12. Spain: Social Enterprises as a Response to Employment Policy Failure 13. Sweden: The Emergence of Work-Integration Social Enterprises 14. The Netherlands: Neighbourhood Development Enterprises 15. United Kingdom: A Wide Range of Social Enterprises Part 2: The Social Enterprises: A Theoretical Perspective 16. Social Enterprises as Incentive Structures: An Economic Analysis 17. The Significance of Social Capital in the Multiple Goal and Resource Structure of Social Enterprises 18. The Social Enterprise: Towards a Theoretical Socio-Economic Approach 19. Management Challenges for Social Enterprises Conclusions: Social Enterprises in Europe: A Diversity of Initiatives and Prospects
'This is an important and valuable book ... a very helpful introduction and conclusion provide an interesting theoretical discussion.' - International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations