Outsider, missing link or panacea? Some reflections about the place of social enterprise (with)in and in relation to the Third Sector

Working Paper 15

The paper argues that visions of social enterprise and its relationship with the third sector vary significantly. Some, either loudly or silently, see social enterprise as conventional businesses and therefore as ‘outsiders’ to the third sector. Others see them as the ‘missing link’ between the third sector and markets, or even as a ‘panacea’ to solve social problems. The paper critically examines these views in the UK context. It concludes with some policy considerations about the place of social enterprise within the third sector and future policy scenarios.

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Dr Leandro Sepulveda