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Beyond the Welfare State: New Trends in Social Welfare Policies in Spain Implications for Nonprofit Organizations


  • Vidal, Isabel

    () (Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit)


Organizations can be categorized according to the nature of their owners, as either public or private organizations. Among private organizations, there is a subset of "other" organizations that are heterogeneous and have different legal structures, with diverse objectives. In Spain, these "other organizations" are labeled the Third Sector and/or Social Economy. There are two basic foundations for these "other" private organizations. Both arise when clusters of people create population centers. As a result, neither appears without the other; rather, they emerge simultaneously, and they are both extraordinarily important for social cohesion and sustainable development. The concepts in question are mutual aid and third-party aid.

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  • Vidal, Isabel, 2008. "Beyond the Welfare State: New Trends in Social Welfare Policies in Spain Implications for Nonprofit Organizations," AICCON Working Papers 52-2008, Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:aiccon:2008_052

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    Welfare State; Nonprofit Organizations; mutual aid;

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    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values

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