This book aims to provide the reader with an insight into the relevance of a section of the economy, which is often referred to as the ‘social and solidarity economy’ (SSE); and highlight some of the current issues in the field, how they are being addressed and some of their future implications. Using case studies from around the world, this book ‘Social and Solidarity Economy: The World’s Economy With a Social Face’ provides an up-to-date account of the strengths and weaknesses of these initiatives across four continents including issues that have not been researched sufficiently before (e.g. circular economy, social propaganda and its dangers, social enterprise as a panacea for NGOs in developing countries, and ‘new’ social movements).

There is growing interest in SSE initiatives among policymakers, foundations, researchers and academic institutions around the world. Despite this interest, SSE related research remains scarce. There are concerned that SSE initiatives, which contribute significantly to their local communities’ development, need to be more widely disseminated amongst the general public. The Social and Solidarity Economy: The World’s Economy With a Social Face will help promote the ground-breaking work being done by organisations and individuals but which remain undocumented and help to raise awareness of such initiatives as well as contribute to academia with a critical approach to the sector covering issues that have not been covered much before, such as the circular economy and the dangers of social propaganda.

Aimed at researchers, academics and policy makers in the fields of Social Enterprise, CSR, Tourism, International Economics as well as supporting disciplines ‘Social and Solidarity Economy: The World’s Economy With a Social Face’ looks to establish and help define the field.

chapter 1|6 pages


Unravelling the Global Terms of the Social and Solidarity Economy

chapter 4|43 pages

Complementary Currencies in Europe

The Cases of the United Kingdom and Spain

chapter 5|33 pages

Social and Solidarity Economy and the Environment

Exploring the Contribution of the ‘Cinderella’ Economy to Waste Reduction

chapter 6|48 pages

Breaking the Paradigm of Vulnerability

Diversity and Inclusion Within SSE

chapter 7|31 pages

Alternative Tourism and the Social and Solidarity Economy

Exploring Social and Solidarity Tourism Initiatives in the Global South

chapter 8|37 pages

Global Citizenship and the Evolution of Social Movements

Working Under the Social and Solidarity Economy Umbrella

chapter 9|30 pages

The Social and Solidarity Economy in Post-Conflict Sub-Saharan Africa

Changing Attitudes and Approaches to Development

chapter 10|50 pages

The New Spirit of Capitalism

Cultural Capitalism’s Symptoms and the Role of SSE in the Advent of a New System