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Call for Papers: The Possibilities and Limits of Social Economy: What the Facts Show

Cal for papers from scholars and young scholars who study social economy projects and, more broadly, economic models with a clear social and/or environmental profile.

The Veblen Institute for Economic Reforms is preparing a knowledge base of economic models and social innovation projects that illustrate the variety of entrepreneurial forms and revitalize prevailing conceptions of the economy. To this end, it is calling for papers from scholars and young scholars who study social economy projects and, more broadly, economic models with a clear social and/or environmental profile: cooperative or associative models, social entrepreneurship, solidarity finance, mutual savings accounts, social integration projects, complementary and social currencies, etc.

The contributions should deal with concrete actors, operating in Europe or elsewhere, and describe the institutional context (the juridical framework, type of government support, etc.) in which they work. We are as interested in self-sustained business models (such as production cooperatives) as in models that are subsidized in part or entirely, or that operate under government contract – in each case, however, the business model at hand should be clearly presented. Any kind of activity can be considered: production, commerce, and services, as long as the social/environmental profile is clearly exposed and discussed thoroughly.

The term "social economy" should not be taken in a legalistic and restrictive sense: what matters is proving the added social and/or environmental value of the activity in question, and to do so by proposing clear methodology and criteria. Analysis of failed projects could be as interesting as successful ones, provided that failure offers lessons that can further our thinking about social economy’s possibilities.

The article should consist of 20,000 to 40,000 characters.

The royalties for articles selected (on the basis of abstracts) will be 600 Euros.

Send the abstract to W. Kalinowski, kalinowski@veblen-institute.org

 Deadline for submission: June 30, 2011.

Published on 4 April 2011