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Comparing the costs of commercial and social enterprise: an empirical comparative analysis of the renewable energy sector

Introduction In many countries there is growing debate over the merits and disadvantages of widespread civic engagement with energy generation and the role of different ownership models in the renewable energy transition. For social enterprises to be seen as legitimate actors in the energy sector and justify policy reform, there is an urgent need for … Continue reading

Can social enterprises be an option to address youth unemployment? A multidisciplinary approach for an urgent global problem.

Youth[1] constitutes today’s foundation of tomorrow’s economies and societies. However, young people are also the group most affected by unemployment. Representing only 25 percent of the world’s working age population, they account for almost one-half of global unemployment (Betcherman et al., 2007). According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), in 2012 there were 75 million … Continue reading

New Co-operative Development in China: An Institutional Approach

In China, under the transition from a central-planning to a socialist market economy, new co-operatives, as member-based organizations pursuing economic and social objectives, are evolving at fast pace. They have played an important role in rural local development in times of crises that have made most of the rural population of 700 million people the … Continue reading

ETHICS AND SOCIAL ECONOMY

Etymologically, terms “ethics” and “moral” come from the Greek and Latin locutions “ethos” and “mors-moris” respectively, and their meanings make reference to concepts such as custom, habit, character, how someone is, and so on; which leads to understand that both expressions are related to broadly recognized values which are deeply established in the society. In … Continue reading

When Refugees and the Financial Crisis Collide: Framing the Economic Future Around Refugee Experience

This research began with a pilot project focused on women refugees’ lived experiences in the United States (US) and how they can contribute to an understanding of the social economy and offer potential solutions to the financial crisis. While refugees existed before the current economic crisis, the global financial meltdown has exacerbated issues of civil … Continue reading