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Towards Just and Sustainable Economies: The Social and Solidarity Economy North and South

Peter North and Molly Scott Cato


The need to avoid dangerous climate change whilst meeting the needs of millions in the global north and south suggests that a new economic model is required. Social and solidarity economies have been suggested as an alternative to the failed models of both public and private enterprise. What can they contribute in terms of offering the hope of an economy that includes all, in ways that free markets don’t? Can social and solidarity economies meet social needs, and the building of a sustainable future? How can the state, civil society, universities and local governments support, or retard, the d ... More

Keywords: social economy, solidarity economy, social enterprise, sustainable futures, social movements, Argentina, Brazil, economic change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781447327226
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447327226.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter North, editor
University of Liverpool

Molly Scott Cato, editor
European Parliament

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Part I Theoretical perspectives on the social and solidarity economy

Three Monsieur le Capital and Madame la Terre on the brink

Penelope Ciancanelli and David Fasenfest

Part II The social and solidarity economy as a site of social innovation

Eight The role of universities in the sustainable evolution of solidarity economies

Luiz Roberto Alves, Marco Aurelio Bernardes, Victor Gil Neto and Waverli Maia Matarazzo-Neuberger

Nine Fundos de Pasto: Community governance of common resources in north-east Brazil

Erica Imbirussú, Gilca Garcia de Oliveira and Guiomar Inez Germani

Part III The social and solidarity economy and the state

Part IV Policy translation between North and South

Sixteen Conclusion: lessons learned and tensions exposed

Peter North, Molly Scott Cato, and the participants in our discussions (Liverpool and Buenos Aires)

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