Social Enterprise in Italy: Typology, Diffusion and Characteristics

27 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2017

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Carlo Borzaga

University of Trento; European Research Institute on Cooperative & Social Enterprises (EURICSE)

Simone Poledrini

University of Perugia - Department of Economics

Giulia Galera

European Research Institute on Cooperative & Social Enterprises (EURICSE)

Date Written: October 5, 2017

Abstract

Italian social enterprises are not a new topic in literature. Several aspects e.g. theoretical frameworks, quality of work and job satisfaction, networking strategies, and the impact of the recent financial crisis, have been studied from many different perspectives in the last twenty years. Most of these contributions focus in particular on social cooperatives, as the most representative legal form of social enterprise in Italy. Therefore, the idea that has been spreading in literature and among scholars is that social cooperatives are the only example of social enterprise existing in Italy. Conversely, in recent years, new forms of non-profit organizations, that were traditionally based on volunteer and donor support, have started to operate as social enterprises, employing people and running commercial activities.

This article, which is one of a very few works that explore this topic, is intended to answer the following research questions: “How many different types of SEs are there in Italy?”; “How many SEs of each type are there?”; “In what ways and to what extent do they differ from each other?”.

Keywords: Social Enterprises; Social cooperatives; Social capital; Governance, Italy

JEL Classification: L30; L31; P13

Suggested Citation

Borzaga, Carlo and Poledrini, Simone and Galera, Giulia, Social Enterprise in Italy: Typology, Diffusion and Characteristics (October 5, 2017). Euricse Working Papers, 96|17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3036384 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3036384

Carlo Borzaga

University of Trento ( email )

Via Giuseppe Verdi 26
Trento, Trento 38152
Italy

European Research Institute on Cooperative & Social Enterprises (EURICSE) ( email )

Via S. Giovanni 36
38122 Trento (TN)
Italy

Simone Poledrini (Contact Author)

University of Perugia - Department of Economics ( email )

via Pascoli, 20
PG 06123 Perugia, 06123
Italy

Giulia Galera

European Research Institute on Cooperative & Social Enterprises (EURICSE) ( email )

Via S. Giovanni 36
38122 Trento (TN)
Italy

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