Associative democracy and the social economy: exploring the regulatory challenge

Graham Smith, Simon Teasdale

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    The current political climate in the UK is arguably more conducive to
    associationalism than previous regimes. This paper engages with Paul Hirst’s work,
    focusing in particular on the legal and regulatory conditions that would need to be in place to support a transition towards associative democracy. The social economy is the obvious vehicle for associational reform. However, an analysis of the legal and
    regulatory forms associated with the social economy in the UK indicates that the
    current framework will not easily facilitate transition. The analysis opens up
    challenging questions for how to regulate the democratic element of associative
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)151-176
    Number of pages26
    JournalEconomy and Society
    Issue number2
    Early online date30 Apr 2012
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • associative democracy
    • Paul Hirst
    • Big Society
    • regulation
    • social economy
    • social enterprise

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)


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