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Social economy ‐‐ also known as 'non‐profit' or 'third sector' ‐‐ organisations have grown in number and relevance, contributing to employment, social inclusion, democratic participation and community
building. Much remains to be done, however, to create the necessary enabling environment to support their creation and development and to mainstream the sector in economic and social policies. This publication offers new insights into the economic theory of social
economy organisations, their role in an evolving political and economic context, and the links to local development and the empowerment of users. Building on theoretical and empirical developments in OECD member countries, the publication also presents the main challenges
for the social economy in Central East and South East Europe. Recommendations for action are included.
Foreword by Sergio ArzeniExecutive SummaryChapter 1. Social Economy Organisations in the Theory of the Firm by Carlo Borzaga and Ermanno TortiaChapter 2.
The Social Economy in the New Political Economic Context by Peter LloydChapter 3. The Role of the Social Economy in Development by Xavier GreffeChapter 4. Social Enterprises, Institutional Capacity, and Social Exclusion by Vanna GonzalesChapter 5. The Social
Economy: Diverse Approaches and Practices in Europe and Canada by Jean‐Louis Laville, Benoit Levesque and Marguerite MendellChapter 6. The Social Economy in Central East and South East Europe by Ewa Les and Maria JeliazkovaChapter 7. A Supportive Framework
for Social Economy Organisations by Kateriana Hadzi‐Miceva with Nilda BullainNotes on ContributorsGlossary