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ISBN: 1843764008Издательство: Edward Elgar Publishing
Год издания: 2004
Book DescriptionThis book explores Europe?s third sector - the non-profit organizations and providers of social services such as mutuals, co-operatives, associations, voluntary organizations and charities: these elements of a civil society are important yet often overlooked features in contemporary socio-economics and social policy. The pathbreaking contributions examine the third sector in Europe within a framework which seeks to conceptually integrate two hitherto separate debates: that concerning the ?social economy? of co-operatives and mutuals, and the debate on voluntary, civil society and non-profit organizations. Theoretical concepts are developed and debated, and the relationship between the development of national societies, public welfare and the third sector are explored. The book goes on to discuss the crucial role of the state and public policies - including measures that have been introduced at the European Union level. The contributions reveal...