Voluntas (2017) 28:2820–2821 DOI 10.1007/s11266-016-9773-5 BOOK REVIEW Rory Ridley-Duff and Mike Bull, Understanding Social Enterprise, 2nd Edition Sage Publications, Ltd. 2016, 410 pp. Patsy Kraeger Published online: 4 August 2016 International Society for Third-Sector Research and The Johns Hopkins University 2016 Ridley-Duff and Bull in Understanding Social Enterprise provide a much needed contribution to the theory and practice of social enterprise in a textbook format. The book presents an example of the sheer complexity and variation of social enterprise ﬁrms who seek organizational effectiveness and legitimacy as players for innovation and change. The book is broken down into three sections that ﬁrst deal with theoretical perspectives from deﬁnition to politics; sustainable enterprises; and communities, which covers measuring social value, income, and accounting as well as social investment and crowdfunding. Each section is peppered with informational case studies including an exemplar case, which link to outside resources for practitioners, scholars, and instructors in the ﬁeld. Chapters one and two examine competing ideologies between the market, public interest, and social purpose. Social enterprise presents fourth space where the focus is on the solidarity economy which prizes coownership and multistakeholder governance. Chapter three provides us with the political landscape surrounding social enterprise
VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations – Springer Journals
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