Understanding the Social Economy: A Canadian Perspective

Understanding the Social Economy: A Canadian Perspective

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Understanding the Social Economy: A Canadian Perspective by Jack Quarter, Laurie Mook, Ann Armstrong

In Understanding the Social Economy, Jack Quarter, Laurie Mook, and Ann Armstrong integrate a wide array of organizations founded upon a social mission - social enterprises, nonprofits, co-operatives, credit unions, and community development associations - under the rubric of the 'social economy.' This framework facilitates a comprehensive study of Canada's social sector, an area often neglected in the business curricula despite the important role that these organizations play in Canada's economy.

Invaluable for business programs that address issues such as community economic development, co-operatives, and nonprofit studies and management, Understanding the Social Economy presents a unique set of case studies as well as chapters on organizational design and governance, social finance and social accounting, and accountability. The examples provide much needed context for students and allow for an original and in-depth examination of the relationships between Canada's social infrastructure and the public and private sectors. With this work, Quarter, Mook, and Armstrong illuminate a neglected facet of business studies to further our understanding of the Canadian economy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442697218
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 11/07/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 344
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jack Quarter is a professor and co-director of the Social Economy Centre at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. He is the author of Canada's Social Economy and Crossing the Line. He edited How to Start a Worker's Co-op and co-edited Partners in Enterprise: The Worker Ownership Phenomenon.

Laurie Mook is an assistant 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.

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