Beyond the Market and State: Social Enterprise and Civil Democracy in a Welfare Society

Beyond the Market and State: Social Enterprise and Civil Democracy in a Welfare Society

by Victor A. Pestoff
     
 

ISBN-10: 1840145757

ISBN-13: 9781840145755

Pub. Date: 10/28/1998

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

This book explores the role of the social economy and civil democracy in transforming today's welfare state in Sweden, while retaining public financing for universal social services. This can be achieved through cooperative self-management and greater citizen participation as co-producers. Separating the financing from the provision of universal social services and

Overview

This book explores the role of the social economy and civil democracy in transforming today's welfare state in Sweden, while retaining public financing for universal social services. This can be achieved through cooperative self-management and greater citizen participation as co-producers. Separating the financing from the provision of universal social services and contracting out their provision to social enterprises can promote several important social values, such as enrichment of work life, improvement of the work environment and increased co-determination for the worker, the empowerment of citizens as co-producers of the services they developed, and finally the transformation of the welfare state into the welfare society.

This study undertakes an extensive conceptual discussion necessary for understanding the unique potentials of social enterprises in meeting the challenges facing the welfare state at the turn of the century. This includes the concepts of the third sector, civil society, and civil democracy, and then both the economic and political aspects of civil democracy. It also extends the study of psychosocial work environment with thc dimension of enduring client interaction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781840145755
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Pages:
287
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.91(d)

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