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Ash Amin, Angus Cameron & Ray Hudson

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Chapter two: The Alterity of the Social Economy

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The Alterity of the Social Economy
The alterity of the social economy
Ash Amin, Angus Cameron and Ray Hudson

The social economy is increasingly seen as offering an alternative to the mainstream market economy and as a new model for restoring community and democratic participation. It is claimed to provide an ideal alternative for meeting social needs, particularly in areas where conventional sources of economic growth and social cohesion have been eroded as a consequence of private sector disinvestment and/or public sector cuts. In such areas, local social economy activities are proposed as a panacea, combining the provision of innovative welfare services, entrepreneurship, employment and training, the production of socially useful goods and services, and the strengthening of vulnerable communities. For many, the most appropriate institutions to ...

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