Canadian Public Policy and the Social Economy
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Over the five years of the Canadian Social Economy Research Partnerships, public policy emerged as a key theme.
This e-book brings together the National Hub’s public policy and knowledge mobilization paper series, three papers examining strategic and practical aspects of public policy development, and new research on the links between the social economy and environmental sustainability.
International comparisons present some of the characteristics of jurisdictions where public policy has contributed to a dynamic social economy sector, and papers on governance, financing and procurement focus on some of the issues that are key for the development of the social economy.
Canadian Public Policy and the Social Economy is a convenient compilation of the major works on public policy produced by the Canadian Social Economy Research Partnerships.
describing the Social Economy in Africa is mainly influenced from the development of the NGO sector. Müller (2004) discusses how nonprofit, civil society organizations, philanthropy, and voluntarism increasingly attract attention in Africa for their contributions to the challenges of poverty alleviation, development, environmental protection, and social exclusion. Despite the vital contribution these organizations make to social development in Africa, there has lacked comprehensive research,
development. There is a growing global movement to advance concepts and 14 Advancing the Social Economy: International Perspectives frameworks of the Social Economy as a way to address increasing inequality of social, health, economic and ecological conditions, to provide alternative solutions to the perceived failure of neo-liberal dominated globalisation (Laville, 1994; Allard & Matthaei, 2008; Arruda, 2008) and to address the weakening social capital of communities (Putnam, 2000). In
sector. Because it unites the dual focuses of environmental protection and economic development the Act has significant widespread appeal. In Stephens’ words, it is effective because “everyone can play” and because of its potential to create new jobs. There are successful social and economic development models for sustainable energy production around the world (particularly in Brazil, US, Germany and China) employing over 2.3 million people (OSEA, n.d.). 119 Canadian Public Policy and the
organically and over time, it has proved more enduring than the process that lead to the 2004 federal Social Economy Initiative. Elsewhere, Vaillancourt notes that it is important to remember that the “recognition of the Social Economy was first of all a demand expressed by social movements before it became a government initiative” (Vaillancourt & Theriault, 2008, p. 17). Guy and Heneberry (2010) make a similar observation about the Ontario experience, noting that the failure to engage a broad
democratic participation and engagement. 4.0 Proposals to Strengthen the Social Economy Movement Based on the analysis in this paper, some proposals can be made to strengthen more unified governance of the Social Economy movement in Canada. 4.1 Unifying Structures It is suggested that democratically structured associations of stakeholders in the SE purposefully examine how a more formal unified structure, a roundtable for example, can be created for the SE in Canada as a whole, not dependent on