Social Economy, Third Sector and Solidarity Relations: A Conceptual Synthesis from History to Present

  title={Social Economy, Third Sector and Solidarity Relations: A Conceptual Synthesis from History to Present},
  author={Frank Moulaert and Oana Ailenei},
  journal={Urban Studies},
  pages={2037 - 2053}
This paper attempts to provide a clear perspective on defining the social economy today. It addresses the question of the relevance of a unifying concept with its need to embrace the existing diversity of approaches and concepts. To this end, it surveys both historical and contemporary academic literature, as well as practice-rooted conceptualisations of the social economy. The first section outlines the analytical challenges to a reconstruction of the social economy concept. The second… Expand

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