Social Economy

Health and Welfare in Four Canadian Provinces

Edited by Louise Tremblay and Yves Vaillancourt  

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The fundamental principles of the social economy are solidarity, democratic organization of work, and user and community participation. Based on a three-year study carried out by researchers at the Université du Québec ” Montréal, Université de Moncton, the University of Ottawa and the University of Regina, the essays here testify to the value and diversity of the social economy sector in four Canadian provinces. Researchers explore the realities of the third sector in the fields of health and welfare in changing social and economic conditions. Authors of Social Economy argue that the crisis of the welfare state is an opportunity for the development and growth of a solidarity-based economic model involving new relationships between the social economy sector, the state, the market and the informal economy.

  • Community Development, Economics
  • Co-published with LAREPPS Université du Québec à Montréal
  • ISBN: 9781552660935
  • January 2002
  • 125 Pages
  • $19.95
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  • About the Contributors
  • Preface to the English Edition
  • Preface
  • Introduction (Louise Tremblay, François Aubry, Christian Jetté and Yves Vaillancourt)
  • Regulation Based on Solidarity: A Fragile Emergence in Quebec (Yves Vaillancourt, François Aubry, Christian Jetté and Louise Tremblay)
  • The Trials of New Brunswick’s Emerging Social Economy (Éric Forgues, Marie-Thérèse Seguin, Omer Chouinard, Guylaine Poissant and Guy Robinson)
  • In the Shadow of the Market: Ontario’s Social Economy in the Age of Neo-liberalism (Paul Leduc Browne and David Welch)
  • Personal Services and the Third Sector in Saskatchewan (Luc Thériault and Carmen Gill with the collaboration of Yussuf Kly)
  • Conclusion (François Aubry, Christian Jetté, Louise Tremblay and Yves Vaillancourt)
  • Notes
  • Bibliography


  • Yves Vaillancourt

    Université du Québec à Montréal

    Yves Vaillancourt holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Universite de Montreal. He is currently a professor at the School of Social Work of the Universite du Quebec a Montreal, where he is also leading a research unit (LAREPPS Laboratiore de recherche sur les pratiques et les politiques sociales) studying social policy and social practises. The founding director of Nouvelles Pratiques Sociales, a journal based in Montreal, Vaillancourt has written extensively in the area of social policy. He has worked in the history of Canadian social policy, federal-provincial relations, home care services, social housing and services for elderly and handicapped persons. Vaillancourt is also a member of CURA (Community-University Research Alliances) on the social economy, led by Benoit Levesque and Nancy Neatman, and a member of CRISES, a research centre working on social innovations in social economy, enterprises and trade unions.

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