This paper discusses the origins and motives behind the rich institutional and policy infrastructure that Scotland has developed in previous decades to support the social economy sector. Drawing on a large body of primary data collected through an EU funded project - over the past 3 years through a mixed-methods approach - this paper reflects upon the effects of the economic and financial crisis, and how such changes may shed light on the future of the social economy in Scotland.
- social economy
- policy making
- redistributive and consensus building policy