Social Entrepreneurship: Demolition of the Welfare State or an Arena for Solidarity?

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The most striking slogans that characterize the ‘new’ discourse of social
entrepreneurship have come to Denmark from the international scene, but
we can nevertheless trace a significant historical equivalent in Denmark connecting the tradition for social economy to the co-operative movement and
to decades of welfare modernisation incorporating people’s participation
through cultural, political and economic objectives. In this chapter, we first
give a brief introduction to social entrepreneurship and position it in relation
to social enterprise. We then demonstrate its present relevance in Denmark
through five current platforms for social entrepreneurship, showing
how these are influenced both by international trends and the roots of the
Danish experimental tradition. We conclude with a discussion of how social
entrepreneurship appeals to fundamentally different strategies for the future
of modern welfare society, pointing to how these potentials and expectations
seem to be pushing and pulling the articulation of social enterprise
from all sides.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprises : Nordic Perspectives
EditorsLinda Lundgaard Andersen, Malin Gawell, Roger Spear
Number of pages18
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication date2016
ISBN (Print)978-1-315-62198-2
ISBN (Electronic)97-1-315-62198-2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
SeriesRoutledge Studies in Social Enterprise & Social Innovation

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