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BOOK Title List

Understanding the Social Economy A Canad
UNDERSTANDING THE SOCIAL ECONOMY: A Canadian Perspective (2nd Edition)  (2018)
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SOCIAL PURPOSE ENTERPRISES: Case Studies for Social Change (2015)
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BUSINESSES WITH A DIFFERENCE: Balancing the Economic and Social (2012)
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UNDERSTANDING THE SOCIAL ECONOMY: A Canadian Perspective  (2009)
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PENSIONS AT WORK:  Socially Responsible Investment of Union-Based Pension Funds  (2008)
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WHAT COUNTS: Social Accounting for Non–Profits and Co-Operatives (2nd Edition)  (2007)
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WHAT COUNTS: Social Accounting for Non–Profits and Co-Operatives  (2003)
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MONEY ON THE LINE:  Workers' Capital in Canada  (2003)
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BEYOND THE BOTTOM LINE: Socially Innovative Business Owners  (2000)
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CRISIS IN THE ISRAELI KIBBUTZ: Meeting the Challenge of Changing Times  (1998)
Building a Community-Controlled Economy.
BUILDING A COMMUNITY-CONTROLLED ECONOMY: The Evangeline Co-Operative Experience  (1996)
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CROSSING THE LINE: Unionized Employee Ownership and Investment Funds  (1995)
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CANADA'S SOCIAL ECONOMY: Co-Operatives, Non–Profits and Other Community Enterprises  (1992)
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PARTNERS IN ENTERPRISE: Worker–Ownership in Canada  (1989)
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MUST SCHOOLS FAIL?: The Growing Debate in Canadian Education  (1972)
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CANADA'S SOCIAL ECONOMY: Co-Operatives, Non-Profits, and other Community Enterprises

Jack Quarter 1992


The Canadian economy is generally characterized by private enterprise with a small degree of government ownership. But what about organisations like Children's Aid or the Canadian Red Cross? Where do educational and religious organisations, arts groups, social housing, and non-profit daycare fit in?

This book is an up-to-date and comprehensive description of this important and growing "third sector" of the Canadian economy. Jack Quarter describes the key components of this sector, focusing on new approaches to ownership and management that go beyond traditional ideas about how businesses should be owned and run. He discusses new ways of managing social services like childcare and healthcare and looks at new forms of ownership that depart from the traditional public, private, and co-operative structures.

Canada's Social Economy offers a refreshing re-examination of the changing nature of the Canadian economy.


Jack Quarter, Laurie Mook,

Ann Armstrong   2009


In Understanding the Social Economy, Jack Quarter, Laurie Mook, and Ann Armstrong integrate a wide array of organizations founded upon a social mission - social enterprises, nonprofits, co-operatives, credit unions, and community development associations - under the rubric of the 'social economy.' This framework facilitates a comprehensive study of Canada's social sector, an area often neglected in the business curricula despite the important role that these organizations play in Canada's economy.


Invaluable for business programs that address issues such as community economic development, co-operatives, and nonprofit studies and management, Understanding the Social Economy presents a unique set of case studies as well as chapters on organizational design and governance, social finance and social accounting, and accountability. The examples provide much needed context for students and allow for an original and in-depth examination of the relationships between Canada's social infrastructure and the public and private sectors. With this work, Quarter, Mook, and Armstrong illuminate a neglected facet of business studies to further our understanding of the Canadian economy.

UNDERSTANDING THE SOCIAL ECONOMY: A Canadian Perspective, Second Edition

Jack Quarter, Laurie Mook,

Ann Armstrong   2017


Suitable for courses addressing community economic development, non-profit organizations, co-operatives and the social economy more broadly, the second edition of Understanding the Social Economy expands on the authors’ ground-breaking examination of organizations founded on a social mission – social enterprises, non-profits, co-operatives, credit unions, and community development organizations.


While the role of the private and public sectors are very much in the public light, the social economy is often taken for granted. However, try to imagine a society without the many forms of organizations that form the social economy: social service organizations, arts and recreation organizations, ethno-cultural associations, social clubs, self-help groups, universities and colleges, hospitals and other healthcare providers, foundations, housing co-operatives, or credit unions. Not only do these organizations provide valuable services, but they employ many people, and purchase goods and services. They are both social and economic entities. Understanding the Social Economy illustrates how organizations in the social economy interact with the other sectors of the economy and highlights the important social infrastructure that these organizations create. 


The second edition contains six new case studies as well three new chapters addressing leadership and strategic management, and human resources management. A much-needed work on an important but neglected facet of organizational studies, Understanding the Social Economy continues to be an invaluable resource for the classroom and for participants working in the social sector.

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