The Social and Solidarity Economy: Towards an ‘Alternative’ Globalisation

In preparation for the symposium Citizenship and Globalization: Exploring Participation and Democracy in a Global Context

Nancy Néamtan, June 2002

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Summary :

The social and solidarity economy are concepts that have become increasingly recognised and used in Quebec since 1995. Following the examples of certain European, as well as Latin American countries, these terms emerged in Quebec as part of a growing will and desire on the part of social movements to propose an alternative model of development, in response to the dominant neo-liberal model. The emergence of this movement has not been without debate, nor obstacles. In fact, the contours and composition of the social

economy are still being determined; its definition continues to evolve. However, after the second World Social Forum, which took place in Porto Alegre in February 2002, where the social and solidarity economy were important themes, it is now clear that this movement is firmly inscribed in an international movement for an alternative globalisation.

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