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Regeneration through social enterprise: government-led and community-driven initiatives in Britain and Japan

ByTony Chapman

Social enterprises are often lauded by politicians because of their potential to regenerate local areas that have suffered significant economic decline. While social enterprise can fill an important gap between the activity of the state and the private sector, its success cannot be guaranteed merely by investing government money in capacity building or making it easier to win contracts to deliver public services. Using two case studies from the UK and Japan, it is shown that leaders of social enterprises must take responsibility for difficult decisions if they want to navigate a future course that serves the interests of their locality on their own terms rather than simply to deliver services according to the agendas of the national or local state.