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2011 | 2 | 121-137

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Ekonomia społeczna, przedsiębiorstwo społeczne i teoria demokracji stowarzyszeniowej


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Social Economy, Social Enterprise and the Theory of Associative Democracy

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Podmioty ekonomii społecznej z reguły pozostają na marginesie zainteresowań teoretyków demokracji, analogicznie autorzy prac z dziedziny ekonomii społecznej nie zajmują się normatywnymi teoriami demokracji. Niniejszy artykuł stawia tezę, że teorię demokracji stowarzyszeniowej Paula Hirsta można uznać za demokratyczną teorię ekonomii społecznej oraz o ekonomii społecznej, w której stowarzyszenia o charakterze samorządowym stają się podstawową formą organizacji społecznej. Praca analizuje ramy regulacyjne konieczne do dokonywania reform zmierzających w kierunku demokracji stowarzyszeniowej, omawia także problemy związane z regulacją wewnętrznych praktyk demokratycznych w tego rodzaju organizacjach. Na przykładzie Anglii analizujemy, w jakim stopniu istniejące obecnie ramy prawne i fiskalne można by wykorzystać w celu ułatwienia tego rodzaju przejścia. (abstrakt oryginalny)
Social economy organisations have generally been ignored by democratic theorists. Similarly writers on the social economy have failed to engage with normative theories of democracy. This paper argues that Paul Hirst's theory of associative democracy can be considered a democratic theory of and for the social economy: self-governing associations become the primary form of social organisation. The paper considers the regulatory framework that would be needed to promote associative democratic reform, in particular the problems of regulating internal democratic practice. Drawing on the case of England, we explore the extent to which actually-existing legal and fiscal frameworks could be utilised to enable such a transition. (original abstract)


  • Uniwersytet Southampton, Wielka Brytania
  • University of Birmingham, United Kingdom


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