A remedy for all sins? Introducing a special issue on social enterprises and welfare regimes in Europe

Simone Baglioni*

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The paper serves as an introduction to a special issue discussing social enterprises historical development and functions against welfare regimes across six European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Scotland, Serbia). While discussing convergences and diversities among them, the introduction proposes a comparative analytical framework for understanding social enterprises and welfare state as contingent phenomena developed at different point in time, within a broader political-institutional framework regulating states-peoples’ relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2325-2338
Number of pages14
JournalVoluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
Issue number6
Early online date15 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017



  • social enterprise
  • welfare state
  • Europe

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