Understanding the Social Economy of the United States

By Laurie Mook, John R. Whitman, Jack Quarter, and Ann Armstrong

© 2015

Understanding the Social Economy of the United States is a comprehensive introduction to the operation and study of organizations with social goals – public sector nonprofits, civil society organizations, social enterprises, cooperatives and other organizations with a social mission – under the rubric of the social economy.

This text is rich in examples and case studies that explain the social economy framework in the context of the United States. The book not only highlights the differences between these organizations and traditional businesses, but also provides applied chapters on organizational development, strategic management and leadership, human resources, finance, and social accounting and accountability in social economy organizations.

The perfect introduction to the social economy framework for students of nonprofit management, business, social entrepreneurship, and public policy, Understanding the Social Economy of the United States an invaluable resource for the classroom and for practitioners working in the social economy sector.

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Understanding the Social Economy of the United States is a comprehensive introduction to the operation and study of organizations with social goals, rich in examples and case studies that explain the social economy framework in the context of the United States.

Understanding the Social Economy of the United States

By Laurie Mook, John R. Whitman, Jack Quarter, and Ann Armstrong

© 2015

Understanding the Social Economy of the United States is a comprehensive introduction to the operation and study of organizations with social goals – public sector nonprofits, civil society organizations, social enterprises, cooperatives and other organizations with a social mission – under the rubric of the social economy.

This text is rich in examples and case studies that explain the social economy framework in the context of the United States. The book not only highlights the differences between these organizations and traditional businesses, but also provides applied chapters on organizational development, strategic management and leadership, human resources, finance, and social accounting and accountability in social economy organizations.

The perfect introduction to the social economy framework for students of nonprofit management, business, social entrepreneurship, and public policy, Understanding the Social Economy of the United States an invaluable resource for the classroom and for practitioners working in the social economy sector.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 416 pages
  • Illustrations: 13
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.1in x 9.1in
  • Reviews

    ‘This book is most useful, and no doubt is intended, as a teaching text. It is full of examples, case studies, and discussion questions that can stimulate rich classroom discussion and student assignments.’


    Dennis R. Young
    Nonprofit Policy Forum vol 6:03:2015

    ‘The authors have put a great deal of thought into the case studies and discussion questions that follow each chapter… This book is highly appropriate for use in business schools, departments of economics, and other comparable domains.’


    Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly vol 46:04:2017

    Understanding the Social Economy of the United States covers all social economy organizations, not just nonprofits. This is a book with an original approach to the sectors, clear writing, and numerous cases and examples.”
    Christopher Einolf, School of Public Service, DePaul University

    “Instructive for both graduate students and advanced undergraduates, Understanding the Social Economy of the United States offers a good grounding in theory and detailed case studies for student analysis.”
    Dennis Young, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University
  • Author Information

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


    John R. Whitman is a visiting assistant professor of Entrepreneurship and Leadership in the College of Business Administration at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

    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.


    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. Introducing the Social Economy

    PART 2: THE COMPONENTS OF THE SOCIAL ECONOMY

    2. Social Economy Businesses

    3. Local Development Enterprises

    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. Concluding Thoughts

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