Introduction and Overview
This book provides an up-to-date analytical and empirical treatment of some important interactions between paid and unpaid labour and the social economy. 1 The emphasis on the preferences of paid and unpaid labour and on their role in the efficient provision of social services makes a vital contribution to clarifying the definition of social economy, a concept which has attracted considerable interest in the recent literature on the welfare system. Particular attention is paid to the differences among different countries' experiences.
KeywordsSocial Capital Fair Trade Nonprofit Organization Ownership Structure Social Enterprise
We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (PRIN 2005) and from the DISES, University of Salerno. We also wish to thank Francesco Amati, Sharon Gleave, Alexander Kirichenko and Roger Meservey for editorial assistance.
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