The Social Economy in Europe: Trends and Challenges

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    This paper gives an overview of the social economy in Europe. Drawing on the most recent statistical data, the paper examines the social economy’s size in different European countries, and current trends and challenges in Europe; it also reviews its status and political context at the EU level. The paper draws on the CIRIEC (2007) study of the Social Economy in the European Union (see:, and the contribution on social enterprise draws on the work of the EMES Network (see
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationResearching the Social Economy
    EditorsJack Quarter, Laurie Mook, Sherida Ryan
    Place of PublicationToronto
    PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
    Publication dateNov 2010
    ISBN (Print)9780802099532
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010


    • Social economy, social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, social service, social innovation, EMES

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