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

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This book explores the role of the social economy and civil democracy in transforming today&#39s 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.

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Referring to the UK, but generally focusing on Sweden, the author discusses the crisis of the welfare state and his solution--the development of an organizational model for promoting greater worker participation in the production of the social services, i.e., social enterprises and civil democracy. He begins with a discussion of the politics of the welfare state and different models or types of welfare states, then examines various aspects of his proposed transformation to a "welfare society," in light of empirical data about work environment in social enterprises and citizens as co-producers. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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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)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
1 Social Enterprises and Civil Democracy 1
Pt. 1 Theoretical Considerations 31
2 Civil Society, the Third Sector and the Welfare Mix 33
3 The Politics of Civil Democracy 55
4 Economic Aspects of Civil Democracy 82
5 Control and Multi-Stakeholder Organizations 106
6 Accounting for the Activities of Social Enterprises 128
7 Work Environment and Social Enterprises 153
Pt. 2 Empirical Aspects 169
8 Social Enterprises and their Work Environment in Sweden 171
9 Enriching Swedish Women's Work Environment 192
10 Empowering Citizens as Co-Producers 208
Pt. 3 Conclusions 229
11 Vision for a New Millennium? 231
References 255
Appendix 273
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