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Understanding the Social Economy


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PART 1: AN OVERVIEW OF THE SOCIAL ECONOMY 1. An Introduction to Canada's Social Economy PART 2: THE COMPONENTS OF THE SOCIAL ECONOMY 2. Social Economy Businesses 3. Community Economic Development Organizations 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. Summary and Concluding Thoughts References Index

About the Author

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. Laurie Mook is an associate professor in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University. Ann Armstrong is the director of the Social Enterprise Initiative at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.


"Understanding the Social Economy provides a comprehensive guide to understanding this robust and emerging sector. Practitioners will be pleased to see the social economy portrayed as a legitimate field of scholarly study and appreciate this book's thorough and thoughtful analysis." -- Allyson Hewitt * Canadian Public Policy, 37(2), 2011 *
"Canadian policymakers and business leaders would be wise to refer to this book for foundational information on how to promote a more equitable and just society for Canadian families and individuals." -- Robert D. Weaver * Canadian Review of Social Policy, 68-69, January 2012 *

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