Social cooperatives in Italy: Economic antecedents and regional distribution.
Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics Volume 85, Issue 2, pages 213–231, June 2014
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Social cooperatives represent the most notable form of non-profit organizations operating in Italy in the social services field, the birth and development of which has been strongly linked to, and conditioned by, the needs and resources of territories and communities. This paper intends to demonstrate how certain socio-economic factors, recognized in economic literature as antecedents of the development of social enterprises, may account for the spread of social cooperatives in different Italian regions. Furthermore, the research results demonstrate an inter-regional differentiation of the shape social cooperation has entered into in Italy.