Contextualisation Matters : Aligning Social Enterprises to Nation-State Diversity

by Christian Franklin Svensson

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2015
Keywords: Social enterprise; welfare society; neoliberalism; context; universalism; third sector
Record ID: 1120328
Full text PDF: https://emesphdnetwork.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/contextualisation-matters-aligning-social-enterprises-to-nation-state-diversity/


Whether or not social enterprises (SE) contribute to a constructive development of nation-states’ social systems depends on how they are adapted to national and local traditions and circumstances. This seems to be a major challenge in research, because statistical and economistic studies often discuss, compare and attempt to transfer the same solutions to a diversity of social structures. Instead we need to approach new social initiatives in an active and open discussion in order to counteract a seemingly endless pursuit of new universalised initiatives to address social challenges. The relationship between universalism and local context can be conceptualised by the fact that there is a global moral universe of moral and egalitarian principles of humanity as a whole, but that these principles and ideals must always be negotiated in the local context.