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Emergence and development perspectives of the third sector in Bulgaria

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  • Darina Zaimova

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    (Management Department, Faculty of Economics, Trakia University, Bulgaria)

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    Since the civil society has been defined as an important participant in the policy-making process in the White paper on European governance, a question that raised discussions relates to the possible strategies to stimulate civic consciousness and common action. The problem is twofold, considering the differences in the established social relationships in the countries of Eastern and Western Europe. This paper aims to shed light on Bulgarian model of social economy. The analysis draws on a number of representative initiatives that have emerged in the recent years in Bulgaria and could be traced back to social economy’s leading principles and ideology. The study corroborates the necessity to escape from the general assumption that the institutional framework is sufficiently enough to create and maintain stable third sector. This imposed generalization proves to be misleading. Beyond the formally established rules to follow, remains the notion for self-initiative, responsibility and social commitment.

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    Article provided by Pro Global Science Association in its journal Published in Review of Applied Socio-Economic Research.

    Volume (Year): 1 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 2 (December)
    Pages: 198-205

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    Handle: RePEc:rse:wpaper:v:1:y:2011:i:2:p:198-205

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    Keywords: social economy in Bulgaria; government policy; social network; integration model;

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