The ‘Re-Emergence’ of Social Enterprises in CEE and the CIS

  • Giulia Galera
Part of the AIEL Series in Labour Economics book series (AIEL)


This essay analyzes the characteristics and the role of social enterprises in CEE and CIS countries. Following a brief introduction on the relevance of institutional pluralism for economies characterized by poorly developed markets and welfare systems under construction, the importance of social enterprise for those countries is emphasized. Starting from a definition of social enterprise grounded in the European tradition, focus then shifts on the history of social entrepreneurial organizations and current social enterprise development paths in the region, with special regard to the role played by the social enterprise in fostering socio-economic development. Social enterprises are found to increase the supply of general goods and services for the community, generate new employment, contribute to a more balanced use and allocation of resources, and enhance the social capital at the local level.


Social Capital Social Enterprise Sector Organization Social Entrepreneurship Nonprofit Sector 
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I thank Carlo Borzaga for his comments. However, the responsibility of any errors remains only mine.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giulia Galera
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  1. 1.European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social EnterprisesUniversity of TrentoTrentoItaly

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