The European Social Economy: Concept And Dimensions Of The Third Sector
In recent years a new context has emerged in Europe characterized by a larger growing Europe, the creation of a new European platform for social economy named 'Social Economy Europe' and an improvement in research, networks and initiatives in this area from certain European Institutions such as the European Social and Economic Committee. This paper focuses on recurrent, but needing clarification, topics such as the question of definitions, the national recognition of the concept of Social Economy and the size of this European third sector. It begins with a proposition of a conceptual delimitation of the Social Economy and of the different classes of company and organization that belong to it. Second, it identifies the different agents which, irrespective of their legal form, are part of the Social Economy in each of the member states of the European Union and to compare the different national definitions that are related to the Social Economy concept. Finally, it provides quantitative data on the European Social Economy. Copyright � 2008 The Authors Journal compilation � CIRIEC 2008.
Volume (Year): 79 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3-4 (09)
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