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A comparative overview of social enterprise ‘ecosystems’ in Scotland and England: an evolutionary perspective

A comparative overview of social enterprise ‘ecosystems’ in Scotland and England: an evolutionary... Social enterprise has been identified as a culturally and socially constructed phenomenon; over recent years there has been increasing focus on how social enterprise ‘ecosystems’ differ across countries. There has been less focus on the differences in social enterprise ecosystems within countries, where regional differences in the cultural, political and social environment can lead to variations in the environment for support. Recent devolution within the United Kingdom has led to all four countries developing fairly diverse political and policy environments. This paper explores these differences through the lens of evolutionary theory which posits that within an ecosystem all organisms are a product of the evolution of that ecosystem and that socio-political and regulatory differences can lead to the rapid divergence of social enterprise ecosystems. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Review of Sociology Taylor & Francis

A comparative overview of social enterprise ‘ecosystems’ in Scotland and England: an evolutionary perspective

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2016 University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’
ISSN
1469-9273
eISSN
0390-6701
DOI
10.1080/03906701.2016.1181395
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Abstract

Social enterprise has been identified as a culturally and socially constructed phenomenon; over recent years there has been increasing focus on how social enterprise ‘ecosystems’ differ across countries. There has been less focus on the differences in social enterprise ecosystems within countries, where regional differences in the cultural, political and social environment can lead to variations in the environment for support. Recent devolution within the United Kingdom has led to all four countries developing fairly diverse political and policy environments. This paper explores these differences through the lens of evolutionary theory which posits that within an ecosystem all organisms are a product of the evolution of that ecosystem and that socio-political and regulatory differences can lead to the rapid divergence of social enterprise ecosystems.

Journal

International Review of SociologyTaylor & Francis

Published: May 3, 2016

Keywords: Social enterprise; ecosystems; social policy; political devolution

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