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New book: Social Economy Science, Transforming the Economy and Making Society More Resilient

Social Economy Science (Oxford University Press, 2023) provides a comprehensive analysis of why and how social economy organizations create superior value for society. The book draws on organizational theory and transition studies to provide a systematic perspective on complex multi-stakeholder forms of action. It discusses the social economy’s role in promoting innovation for impact, as well as its role as an agent of societal change and as a partner to businesses, governments, and citizens.

Edited by Gorgi Krlev, Dominika Wruk, Giulio Pasi, and Marika Bernhard, the book brings together insights from two distinct fields of research – organizational theory and transition studies, and highlights the importance of social economy science as a means of addressing the biggest societal challenges

This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International licence. It is free to read at Oxford Academic and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations.

Table of contents:

1: Why should we care about social economy science?, Gorgi Krlev, Dominika Wruk, Giulio Pasi, and Marika Bernhard
2: Public policies to advance the social economy, François Bonnici and Veerle Klijn
3: Social economy: Between common identity and accelerating social change, Gorgi Krlev, Dominika Wruk, Giulio Pasi, and Marika Bernhard
4: The joint search for new approaches with a public good benefit: Four strategies and the role of social economy organizations, Marieke Huysentruyt
5: The social economy and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: The risks of marginalization and how to avoid them, Geoff Mulgan
6: Financial market transformations for investing in social impact, Alex Nicholls and Jarrod Ormiston
7: How impact measurement fosters the social economy: From measurement to impact of learning and management for impact, Lisa Hehenberger and Leonora Buckland
8: Beyond a niche approach: Could social business become the norm?, Julie Battilana, Leszek Krol, Alexandra Ubalijoro, and Kara Sheppard-Jones
9: Empowering knowledge and training in higher education as a lever for social economy ecosystems, Rocío Nogales-Muriel and Marthe Nyssens
10: Social economy resilience facing the Covid-19 crisis: Facts and prospects, Rafael Chaves-Avila and Angel Soler-Guillem
11: How social innovation practices of the social economy promote development in Africa, Ruth Brännvall
12: The centrality of social-tech entrepreneurship in an inclusive growth agenda, Mario Calderini, Veronica Chiodo, Francesco Gerli, and Giulio Pasi
13: Why and how to engage beneficiaries as co-(social) entrepreneurs? Considering hardware, software, and orgware for citizen engagement, Anne-Karen Hueske, Willemine Willems, and Kai Hockerts
14: Civic leadership for a transformative social economy: A comparison of city leadership constellations in Italy and the UK, Alessandro Sancino, Michela Pagani, Luigi Corvo, Alessandro Braga, and Fulvio Scognamiglio
15: Public structural funds as a catalyst for social innovation: The experience of Portugal Social Innovation, António Miguel
16: Social procurement to promote social problem solving, Eva Varga and Malcolm Hayday
17: Social outcomes contracting: Seeing a more relational approach to contracts between government and the social economy?, Eleanor Carter and Nigel Ball
18: Conclusions, Gorgi Krlev, Dominika Wruk, Giulio Pasi, and Marika Bernhard

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