Cities, the social economy and inclusive growth

Vickers, Ian, Andrea, Westall, Roger, Spear, Brennan, Geraldine and Syrett, Stephen (2017) Cities, the social economy and inclusive growth. Project Report. Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York.

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This report examines the role of the social economy in bringing about inclusive growth that generates more and better jobs in UK cities, particularly for people who are in - or at risk of - poverty.

The report finds that:
- The social economy has been shown to promote inclusive growth by creating jobs, strengthening skills and employability; building diversified local economies; and contributing to wider economic and institutional transformation.
- Successful social economy development often arises from an enabling context, or social economy ‘ecosystem’ of various elements of support provision and a high level of collaboration between actors, both within the social economy and the public and private sectors.

The social economy constitutes a range of organisations that have a core social mission, including social and community enterprises; voluntary and community sector organisations; housing associations; co-operatives and mutuals; informal self-help initiatives; social finance and support providers; and alternative business models.

The report develops several recommendations for how UK cities can engage the social economy to lead an inclusive growth agenda.

The project was undertaken by a team at Middlesex University and The Open University

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Additional Information: PDF ISBN 9781911581079
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR)
Item ID: 22266
Notes on copyright: © Middlesex University Higher Education Corporation 2017 First published June 2017 by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
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Depositing User: Pamela Macaulay
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2017 13:57
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2019 07:55

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