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The Social Economy in the New Political Economic Context

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The importance of the social economy is evidenced by its position on local, regional, national and even international agendas at a time when old political and economic certainties have given way to "New Times" ‐ with uncertainties and instabilities rooted in the economic changes taking place and the political events which have marked the twenty‐first century. The changes that have taken, and are taking place must also be put into the wider context of not only the European Union, but also the international context of a world post 11 September 2001, the polarisation which accompanied it, and the dominance of neo‐liberal economic discourse. It is the task of this brief chapter to review the social economy under these circumstances and to explore the potential roles which the social economy may play, and the pitfalls which accompany such roles. Recognising the importance of culture on the development of the social economy, this chapter briefly considers the different paths which the social economy may pursue within the current political and economic contexts.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2007-10-01

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