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Towards a Paradigm Shift in Social Enterprise Paperback – 5 Sep 2011

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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing (5 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3845417048
  • ISBN-13: 978-3845417042
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,695,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The author has studied social enterprise for over twenty years and was a member of the Social Enterprise Taskforce, established by New Labour in 2001 to develop the first National Social Enterprise Strategy. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Practice Fellow at the Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham.

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The origins of this book lie in a PhD study but its content deserves a wider audience. It is specialist but it will (indeed should) be of interest to anyone involved in social enterprise, whether as a practitioner, a policy-maker or a provider of business support. It also deserves a wider audience amongst voluntary and community organisations.

The core of the book is an examination of the skills, attitudes and expertise required by `local development agencies' (a catch-all that includes but is not restricted to Councils for Voluntary Service) in order to help voluntary and community organisations become more enterprising and adopt social enterprise business models.

If this sounds dull or restricted in its area of enquiry, it isn't. The author covers an impressive array of practical, political, policy and philosophical issues.

In passing he also considers the differing perspectives on social enterprise that can be discerned amongst voluntary and community organisations, providers of support such as Councils for Voluntary Service, and different currents in the social enterprise sector, such as the co-operative movement.

Some of this prompts a re-examination of old controversies, which I find inherently interesting; others may not. However, with the coalition government's cut-backs and austerity measures (and its neo-liberal pro-market convictions), some of these debates - such as the critical differences between "charity and philanthropy" and "self-help and mutuality", or the difference between an economic view of the market and a social view - acquire renewed contemporary significance.

This book reports on research which began over a decade ago but still furnishes some timely discussion. I found it fascinating.
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