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

Nikolaos Apostolopoulos*, Robert Newbery, Menelaos Gkartzios

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-224
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Rural Studies
Volume70
Early online date3 Apr 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019
Externally publishedYes

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