Researching the Social Economy

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Laurie Mook, Jack Quarter and Sherida Ryan

Year: 2010

Researching the Social Economy is one of the first comprehensive research collections on the social economy in Canada. While the term “social economy” is used widely is Western Europe and Quebec, it has had minimal currency in English Canada, where the differences between the public and private sectors and among nonprofits, co-operatives, social enterprises, and community economic development organizations have been emphasized.
The contributions to this volume, flowing from an inter-regional and international network of scholars and community organizations, analyze how the social economy, in its many manifestations, interacts with and shares commonalities with organizations in the other sectors of the economy. Taken as a whole, Researching the Social Economy enriches our understanding of how this important cluster of organizations contributes to Canadian society in both economic and social terms, and lays the groundwork for future study.


  1. What’s in a Name? by Laurie Mook, Jack Quarter, and Sherida Ryan (University of Toronto)
  2. A Portrait of the Ontario Social Economy by David M. Lasby and Michael H. Hall (Imagine Canada), R. Mark Ventry and Denyse Guy (Ontario Co-operative Association)
  3. The Social Economy in Quebec: Towards a New Political Economy by Marguerite Mendell (Concordia University) and Nancy Neamtan (Chantier de l’économie sociale)
  4. The Social Economy in Europe: Trends and Challenges by Roger Spear (Open University)
  5. A Comparative Analysis of Voluntary Sector/Government Relations in Canada and England by Peter R. Elson (Mount Royal University)
  6. Capturing Complexity: The Ontario Government Relationship with the Social Economy Sector by Kathy L. Brock (Queen’s University)
  7. Notes in the Margins: the Social Economy in Economics and Business Textbooks by Daniel Schugurensky and Erica McCollum (OISE/University of Toronto)
  8. Mandatory High School Community Service in Ontario: Assessing and Improving its Impact by Paulette Padanyi (University of Guelph), Mark Baetz and Steven D. Brown (Wilfrid Laurier University), and Ailsa Henderson (University of Edinburgh)
  9. Strategic Partnerships: Community Climate Change Partners and Resilience to Funding Cuts by Travis Gliedt, Paul Parker and Jennifer Lynes (University of Waterloo)
  10. The Online Social Economy: Canadian Nonprofits and the Internet by Sherida Ryan Corporate Participation in the Social Economy: Employer-supported Volunteering Programs by Agnes Meinhard (Ryerson University), Femida Handy and Itay Greenspan (University of Pennsylvania)
  11. Work Stoppages in Canadian Social Economy Organizations by Kunle Akingbola (OISE/University of Toronto & Toronto Rehabilitation Institute)
  12. Organic Farmers and the Social Economy: Positive Synergies for Community Development by Jennifer Sumner and Sophie Llewelyn (University of Guelph)
  13. On the Challenges of Inclusion and the Co-operative Movement for Francophone Immigrants in Ontario by Ginette Lafrenière (Wilfrid Laurier University), Maike Zinabou (MSW), Matt Riehl (MSW) and Sandy Hoy (MSW