Participatory Governance in Social Enterprise

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This paper emphasizes the importance of participative governance in the study of social enterprise. Furthermore, it argues that social enterprise must be analyzed through a multi-dimensional perspective. The EMES approach is based on three dimensions emphasizing the social, economic, and political dimension, while many Anglo-American definitions tend to use a one-dimensional spectrum framework. The latter often see social enterprise as a simple phenomenon that can be arranged along a continuum, ranging from economic to social, where more of one means less of the other. However, this fails to acknowledge the multi-disciplinary nature of social enterprise. Scholars inspired by the EMES approach should devote greater attention to exploring the interactive and interrelated nature of the three dimensions of social enterprise, especially the governance dimension.
TidsskriftVOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)1742-1759
Antal sider18
StatusUdgivet - 2016


  • CSR
  • Governance
  • Multidimensional
  • Participatory democracy
  • Social enterprise

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