Foundations for the Social Economy
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At present the strategies, policies and tools employed by the social economy in most countries are diffuse. There is no integrated narrative to bring together the small parts to form a more cohesive whole. This cross-cutting project, led by Mike Lewis and Pat Conaty, is intended to review the scope and success of emergent systemic approaches in order to explore the implications for developing a new social and ecological economy at the sub-regional level. The investigation will produce a new conceptual framework for understanding the foundations for a more strategic approach by social economy actors. In the wake of the credit crunch and developing recession, the project will appraise social economy needs including equitable access to land & premises, patient capital and enabling legal structures.