Civil society, the third sector and social enterprise : governance and democracy


Civil society, the third sector and social enterprise : governance and democracy

edited by Jean-Louis Laville, Dennis R. Young and Philippe Eynaud

(Routledge frontiers of political economy, 200)

Routledge, 2015

  • : hbk

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Includes bibliographical references and index



If the twentieth century was only focused on the complementarity and the opposition of market and state, the twenty-first century has now to deal with the prominence of the third sector, the emergence of social enterprises and other solidarity hybrid forms. The concept of civil society organisations (CSOs) spans this diversity and addresses this new complexity. The first part of the book highlights the organizational dimensions of CSOs and analyses the growing role of management models and their limits. Too often, the study of CSO governance has been centered on the role of the board and has not sufficiently taken into account the different types of accountability environments. Thus, the conversation about CSO governance rises to the level of networks rather than simple organizations per se, and the role of these networks in setting the agenda in a democratic society. In this perspective, the second part emphasizes the institutional dimensions of CSO governance by opening new avenues on democracy. First, the work of Ostrom about governing the commons provides us new insights to think community self-governance. Second, the work of Habermas and Fraser opens the question of deliberative governance and the role of public sphere to enlarge our vision of CSO governance. Third, the concepts of substantive rationality and economy proposed respectively by Ramos and Polanyi reframe the context in which the question can be addressed. Lastly, this book argues for a stronger intercultural approach useful for the renewal of paradigms in CSOs research. This book has for objective to present a unique collective work in bringing together 33 authors coming from 11 countries to share perpectives on civil society governance and will be of interest to an international audience of researchers and policy-makers.


Introduction to the book PART 1 Introduction Part 1 1. Civil society governance: hybridation within third sector and social enterprise domains 2. The future of CSO governance: Managerialism and beyond 3. CSO governance: More than just a matter of board 4. Governing boards and organizational environments: growing complexities, shifting boundaries 5. Civil society organization accountability within governance networks 6. Multi-stakeholder governance in Civil society organizations: model and outcomes 7. Two sides of the governance coin: the missing civil society link PART 2 Introduction Part 2 8. Rethinking the relationship between governance and democracy: the theoretical framework of the solidarity economy 9. Civil society and governance: Contemporary challenges 10. The Social and Solidarity Economy and Ostrom's approach to common pool resources: Towards a better understanding of institutional diversity? 11. Democratic governance and citizenship 12. Differing perspectives on Civil society and the State 13. Social management and para-economy: redefining the analysis of the associative fact 14. Theory of the social enterprise and pluralism: The social enterprise of the solidarity type

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