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Social enterprise and community resilience: Examining a Greek response to turbulent times

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Robert Newbery, Dr Menelaos GkartziosORCiD



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Using community resilience and institutional entrepreneurship as conceptual lens, the paper explores whether support for social enterprises in non-metropolitan Greece has led to resilient social systems. Whilst drawing on narratives of enabling a bottom-up response to market failure, rather than radical or reformist adaptation, social enterprise may have produced a reluctant and state reliant response which may weaken the resilience of communities to survive continued austerity. The research selected and interviewed 30 social enterprises operating within non-metropolitan Greece during 2016. It contributes to knowledge through a novel framing, which clarifies that social enterprise in Greece remains a top-down governance process which fails to deliver transformative forms of community resilience.

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Author(s): Apostolopoulos N, Newbery R, Gkartzios M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Rural Studies

Year: 2019

Volume: 70

Pages: 215-224

Print publication date: 01/08/2019

Online publication date: 03/04/2018

Acceptance date: 24/03/2018

Date deposited: 20/04/2018

ISSN (print): 0743-0167

ISSN (electronic): 1873-1392

Publisher: Pergamon Press


DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2018.03.017


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