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Cooperatives and social enterprises: work and employment in selected countries

Investigates the contribution of European cooperatives and social enterprises to job creation and retention in Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK. Identifies the drivers of and barriers to job growth, explores employment conditions and details the support measures available. Finds that cooperatives and social enterprises have performed relatively well since the financial crisis; most support is concerned with financial, start-up and general business assistance; job quality was rated highly by workers; and creating and retaining jobs depended on organisations’ ability to compete in current markets, with innovation seen as a key driver of employment. Makes recommendations for policymaking, including that it should focus on better targeting of specific support, raising the profile of the sector, promoting the sector as an alternative to public service provision, and support the development of management skills.


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Dickinson, Peter et al
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European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound)

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