Participatory Governance in Social Enterprise

Victor Pestoff | Lars Hulgård

EMES Conferences Selected Papers Series, ECSP-5EMES-40

This paper emphasizes the importance of participative governance in the study ofsocial enterprise. Furthermore it argues that social enterprise must be analyzed through a multi-dimensional perspective. The EMES approach is based on three dimensions emphasizing the social, economic and political dimension, while many Anglo-American definitions tend to use a one-dimensional spectrum framework. The latter often see social enterprise as a simple phenomenon that can be arranged along a continuum, ranging from economic to social, where more of one means less of the other. However, this fails to acknowledge the multi-disciplinary nature of social enterprise. Scholars inspired by the EMES approach should devote greater attention to exploring the interactive and interrelated nature of the three dimensions of social enterprise, especially the governance dimension.

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