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Economía Social y conceptos afines: fronteras borrosas y ambigüedades conceptuales del Tercer Sector


  • José Luis Monzón Campos

    () (Universidad de Valencia)


The evolution of the Social Economy concept over the last 30 years is analyzed in this article, both from the point of view of its own protagonists and its presence in scientific, specialized literature. Together with the Social Economy concept, the non-profit sector concept is also analyzed as present in the Nonprofit Organization literature, emphasizing the similarities and differences between both approaches. Both approaches use the term Third Sector as a synonymous expression. The article concludes by analyzing the current conceptual ambiguities in both approaches that blur the borders in the boundary of the Third Sector as an institutional sector differentiated from the economic system.

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  • José Luis Monzón Campos, 2006. "Economía Social y conceptos afines: fronteras borrosas y ambigüedades conceptuales del Tercer Sector," CIRIEC-España, revista de economía pública, social y cooperativa, CIRIEC-España, issue 56, pages 9-24, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:cic:revcir:y:2006:i:56:p:9-24

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    Social Economy; non-lucrative sector; Third Sector; national accounting; social use; cooperatives; associations; mutuals; foundations.;

    JEL classification:

    • P13 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Cooperative Enterprises
    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • L31 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Nonprofit Institutions; NGOs; Social Entrepreneurship


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