Social Value, Social Entrepreneurship, Danish Welfare State

Anna Althea Knudsen, Mathilde Stræde Meiner, Anna Volkova, Jedediah Morales, Signe Marie Jensen, Charlotte Marie Hermann & Signe Hvalsøe Andersen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project focuses on how social value has been instrumentalized in the process of institutionalizing social entrepreneurship through rationalizing discourses of the welfare state. Firstly, we analysed the changing welfare state to understand how a discourse of insufficiency of the public sector could develop and lead to an governmental interest in enabling social enterprises to flourish. Following we tried to measure social value created by these enterprises but then critique this attempt as subjective values are lost in this economic way of measuring value. By investigating a specific case of social entrepreneuring we tried to evaluate the social value created in this context in order to include subjective aspects in our investigation. Through our analysis we then come to the conclusion that by instrumentalizing social value certain aspects are lost, especially the subjectively experienced ones, correlating with the rationalizing discourses influencing the Danish state’s current approach to providing social services.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato14 jan. 2014
VejledereStephen Carney


  • social entreprenørskab
  • welfare state
  • social entrepreneurship
  • Social value