ERIC Number: EJ811192
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
Reaching the Promised Land: Can Social Enterprise Reduce Social Exclusion and Empower Communities?
Toner, Anna; Lyne, Isaac; Ryan, Patrick
Education, Knowledge & Economy: A Journal for Education and Social Enterprise, v2 n1 p1-13 Mar 2008
In the United Kingdom, social enterprise is promoted as a mechanism to capture the supposed innovation and dynamism of the private sector to (amongst other things) wean "Third Sector" organisations off their dependence on grants and to offer opportunities to "empower" socially excluded communities. In this article, we place current debate (on the potential of social enterprise to meet social needs) in the context of theoretical approaches to the role of the state. Whilst acknowledging some potential for social enterprise to play such a role, we examine the challenges that this entails. We draw on discussions from International Development, particularly in relation to microfinance and community-managed service delivery, in order to question some of the assumptions made in relation to the supposed transformative power of social enterprise, which in turn identifies issues of scale, sustainability, processes of inclusion/exclusion and appropriate external support as crucial factors.
Descriptors: Community Development, Business, Goal Orientation, Prosocial Behavior, Private Sector, Foreign Countries, Community Programs, Empowerment, Social Isolation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom