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Panorama de la investigación en economía social



    () (Instituto Universitario de Economía Social y Cooperativa (IUDESCOOP). Campus de Los Naranjos. Facultad de Economía. Avenida de Los Naranjos, s/n. 46022 Valencia)

  • MONZON CAMPOS, JOSE LUIS Author-Workplace-Name :Instituto Universitario de Economía Social y Cooperativa (IUDESCOOP). Campus de Los Naranjos. Facultad de Economía. Avenida de Los Naranjos, s/n. 46022 Valencia


En los últimos decenios las investigaciones sobre el tema de la economía social han conocido un notable impulso. El artículo pasa revista al estado actual de la investigación en esta materia y analiza las más importantes propuestas teóricas elaboradas en el ámbito del denominado tercer sector, deteniéndose en los dos enfoques teóricos más relevantes, el de la economía social (ES) de raíz continental europea que integra a cooperativas, mutualidades, asociaciones y fundaciones y el del sector no lucrativo integrado por las organizaciones no lucrativas —non profit organizations (NPO)—, promovido por la literatura económica anglosajona. El artículo concluye afirmando que, aunque existen varias similitudes entre ambos enfoques, y un espacio común de organizaciones microeconómicas consideradas por los mismos, también se dan importantes divergencias conceptuales y metodológicas que no hacen posible la configuración del tercer sector (TS) como un simple resultado de agregación de los grupos de entidades contempladas por ambos enfoques. Research on social economy has experienced a remarkable momentum in recent decades. This article reviews the current state of research in this field and analyzes the most important theoretical proposals drawn up within the socalled third sector, pausing at the two most important theoretical approaches. Firstly, Social Economy, with its continental Europe roots and integrating cooperatives, mutual insurance societies, associations, foundations, and secondly the Non-Profit Organizations —promoted by the English economic literature. This article concludes asserting that there are several similarities between the two approaches, and also some common ground made from microeconomic organizations considered by such approaches. However, there are also important conceptual and methodological differences that do not make the third sector possible just as a simple sum of entity groups covered by both approaches.

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  • CHAVES AVILA, RAFAEL & MONZON CAMPOS, JOSE LUIS Author-Workplace-Name :Instituto Universitario de Economía Social y Cooperativa (IUDESCOOP). Campus de Los Naranjos. Facultad de Economía. Avenida de Lo, 2008. "Panorama de la investigación en economía social," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 26, pages 29-56, Abril.
  • Handle: RePEc:lrk:eeaart:26_1_2

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    Economía Social; Sector no lucrativo; tercer sector; cooperativas; mutualidades; asociaciones; fundaciones; investigación; teorías/Social economy; co-operatives; third sector; non profit sector; mutual societies; associations; foundations; research; approach.;

    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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