Social economy: International debates and pespectives

Shaped by globalization, societies are undergoing important changes. As a consequence, new practices have emerged and new importance is accorded to local economies. The notion of a social economy was a practical response to the impact of globalizaton on local economies.

Social economies were also meant to help any negative impact resulting fom the downloading by governments of their economis responsibilities. Various community economic development corporations were put into place as a result of these new trends. Have these new local corporations helped in alleviating the negative impact of the ‘new economy’?

These essays deal with the social economy from different vantage points and raise questions which reflect them. They link practice and policy questions to issues such as the reorganization of work, the shift of social services to the community, and the strengths, limits and potential of practice in the social economy.