Understanding the Social Economy: A Canadian Perspective, Second Edition

By Jack Quarter, Laurie Mook, and Ann Armstrong

© 2017

Suitable for courses addressing community economic development, non-profit organizations, co-operatives and the social economy more broadly, the second edition of Understanding the Social Economy expands on the authors’ ground-breaking examination of organizations founded on a social mission – social enterprises, non-profits, co-operatives, credit unions, and community development organizations.

While the role of the private and public sectors are very much in the public light, the social economy is often taken for granted. However, try to imagine a society without the many forms of organizations that form the social economy: social service organizations, arts and recreation organizations, ethno-cultural associations, social clubs, self-help groups, universities and colleges, hospitals and other healthcare providers, foundations, housing co-operatives, or credit unions. Not only do these organizations provide valuable services, but they employ many people, and purchase goods and services. They are both social and economic entities. Understanding the Social Economy illustrates how organizations in the social economy interact with the other sectors of the economy and highlights the important social infrastructure that these organizations create.

The second edition contains six new case studies as well three new chapters addressing leadership and strategic management, and human resources management. A much-needed work on an important but neglected facet of organizational studies, Understanding the Social Economy continues to be an invaluable resource for the classroom and for participants working in the social sector.

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  • Page Count: 424 pages
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The second edition of Understanding the Social Economy expands upon the authors’ ground-breaking examination of organizations founded upon a social mission – social enterprises, non-profits, co-operatives, credit unions, and community development associations.

Understanding the Social Economy: A Canadian Perspective, Second Edition

By Jack Quarter, Laurie Mook, and Ann Armstrong

© 2017

Suitable for courses addressing community economic development, non-profit organizations, co-operatives and the social economy more broadly, the second edition of Understanding the Social Economy expands on the authors’ ground-breaking examination of organizations founded on a social mission – social enterprises, non-profits, co-operatives, credit unions, and community development organizations.

While the role of the private and public sectors are very much in the public light, the social economy is often taken for granted. However, try to imagine a society without the many forms of organizations that form the social economy: social service organizations, arts and recreation organizations, ethno-cultural associations, social clubs, self-help groups, universities and colleges, hospitals and other healthcare providers, foundations, housing co-operatives, or credit unions. Not only do these organizations provide valuable services, but they employ many people, and purchase goods and services. They are both social and economic entities. Understanding the Social Economy illustrates how organizations in the social economy interact with the other sectors of the economy and highlights the important social infrastructure that these organizations create.

The second edition contains six new case studies as well three new chapters addressing leadership and strategic management, and human resources management. A much-needed work on an important but neglected facet of organizational studies, Understanding the Social Economy continues to be an invaluable resource for the classroom and for participants working in the social sector.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 424 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Understanding the Social Economy provides a comprehensive guide to understanding this robust and emerging sector. Practitioners will be pleased to see the social economy portrayed as a legitimate field of scholarly study and appreciate this book’s thorough and thoughtful analysis."


    Allyson Hewitt
    Canadian Public Policy, 37(2), 2011

    "Canadian policymakers and business leaders would be wise to refer to this book for foundational information on how to promote a more equitable and just society for Canadian families and individuals."


    Robert D. Weaver
    Canadian Review of Social Policy, 68–69, January 2012
  • Author Information

    Jack Quarter is a professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the University of Toronto. He is a founding member of Ontario Institute for Studies in Education’s Social Economy Centre.


    Laurie Mook is an associate professor in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University.


    Ann Armstrong is the director of the Social Enterprise Initiative at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

  • Table of contents

    PART 1: AN OVERVIEW OF THE SOCIAL ECONOMY

    1. An Introduction to Canada’s Social Economy

    PART 2: THE COMPONENTS OF THE SOCIAL ECONOMY

    2. Social Economy Businesses
    3. Community Economic Development Organizations
    4. Public Sector Non-profits
    5. Civil Society Organizations

    PART 3: CRITICAL ISSUES

    6. Organizational Design and Governance Strategies
    7.  Leadership and Strategic Management
    8. Human Resources Management
    9. Financing
    10.  Social Accounting

    PART 4: CONCLUSIONS

    11. Summary and Concluding Thoughts

    References
    Index