Social Entrepreneurship and Citizen Participation
Keywords:Entrepreneuriat social, Entrepreneur social, Entreprise sociale, Participation citoyenne / Social entrepreneurship, Social entrepreneur, Social enterprise, Citizen participation
Social entrepreneurship is an emerging concept, notably in administrative sciences. However, not only is it a specific managerial practice but it is also a type of citizen participation that is not well-known. The objective of this article, based on a literature review and a theoretical approach, is to present the concept of social entrepreneurship in order to better understand its relation to citizen participation. Social entrepreneurship represents a specific type of citizen participation involving actions. Social enterprises act daily to transform the social landscape. More specifically, this article presents the context of development of social entrepreneurship, proposes a definition of the concept and of other connected notions like "social enterprise" and "social entrepreneur", and, finally, analyzes the contribution of social entrepreneurship to citizen participation. It shows that social entrepreneurship is a way for citizens to act directly and with some power on society.
Copyright (c) 2010 Francois Brouard, Sophie Larivet, Ouafa Sakka
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