Living Economics: Canadian Perspectives on the Social Economy, Co-operatives and Community Economic Development

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J.J. McMurtry (ed.)

Year: 2010

Though it accounts for approximately 8 percent of Canada’s GDP, the social economy has only recently begun to receive wider attention in academic circles and beyond. This book is the first to present, in an accessible manner, the various perspectives being used to explore and analyze this “third sector” of the economy, which includes co-operatives, credit unions, non-profit organizations, the voluntary sector, and social enterprise — activities that emphasize the creation of public good as their primary goal.

The contributors to this groundbreaking book — including many of the leading thinkers in the field from across Canada — grapple with the debates, challenges, and opportunities offered by the social economy as Canada experiences rapid changes in the 21st century, be they economic, industrial, environmental, or social.


  1. Introducing the Social Economy in Theory and Practice (J.J. McMurtry)
  2. Co-operatives and the Social Economy in English Canada: Circles of Influence and Experience (Ian MacPherson)
  3. The Social Economy in Quebec and Canada: Configurations Past and Present (Yves Vaillancourt)
  4. Building the Social Economy Using the Innovative Potential of Place (Doug Lionais and Harvey Johnstone)
  5. Educating for the Social Economy (Jorge Sousa)
  6. Social Accounting for Sustainability in the Social Economy (Laurie Mook and Jennifer Sumner)
  7. Aboriginal Perspectives on the Social Economy (Wanda Wuttunee)
  8. Building Bridges with Government: The Social Economy in Practice (Denise Guy and Jen Heneberry)

About the Author:

J.J. McMurtry is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Business and Society Program at York University.