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Social entrepreneurship before neoliberalism?: The life and work of Akhtar Hameed Khan

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The life history method can be used to historicise the study of social and public policy. Reviewing the life and work of Pakistani social entrepreneur A.H. Khan provides a useful reminder that what Jyoti Sharma recently termed ‘the neoliberal takeover of social entrepreneurship’ is a relatively recent phenomenon. While Khan’s achievements across the public and non-governmental (NGO) sectors continue to be debated amongst scholars and activists in South Asia, his life and work – which is not well known in the Global North as it perhaps should be – highlights a much broader and more inclusive way of thinking about the social entrepreneur as an organiser of change

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  • Lewis, David, 2019. "Social entrepreneurship before neoliberalism?: The life and work of Akhtar Hameed Khan," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 100113, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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    social entrepreneurship; non-governmental organisations (NGOs); community development; public administration; rural development; life history;

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