Community Co-Production

Community Co-Production

Social Enterprise in Remote and Rural Communities

Edited by Jane Farmer, Carol Hill and Sarah-Anne Muñoz

This book addresses a clutch of contemporary societal challenges including: aging demography and the consequent need for extended care in communities; public service provision in an era of retrenching welfare and global financial crises; service provision to rural communities that are increasingly ‘hollowed out’ through lack of working age people; and, how best to engender the development of community social enterprise organizations capable of providing high quality, accessible services. It is packed with information and evidence garnered from research into the environment for developing community social enterprise and co-producing services; how communities react to being asked to co-produce; what to expect in terms of the social enterprises they can produce; and, how to make them happen.

Chapter 3: Socially Entrepreneurial Skills and Capabilities in a Rural Community Context

Sarah-Anne Muñoz and Artur Steinerowski

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, development studies, development economics, social entrepreneurship, economics and finance, development economics, social policy and sociology, comparative social policy, social policy in emerging countries, urban and regional studies, regional studies, urban studies


Sarah-Anne Muñoz and Artur Steinerowski INTRODUCTION Over recent decades the promotion of the Third Sector and, most recently, social enterprise has become much more visible within UK policy and the terms ‘social entrepreneurship’ and ‘social enterprise’ increasingly used to refer to the development of sustainable trading activities conducted for social benefit (Jones & Keogh, 2006; Weerawardena & Mort, 2006). As detailed by Farmer, Hill and Muñoz in the Introduction to this book, social enterprise is promoted as a mechanism through which both economic development and social goals can be met. The public sector is encouraged to ‘procure’ from social enterprises, there is state support for social enterprise start-up and development, and citizens are encouraged to participate in socially entrepreneurial activities. The UK policy agenda surrounding community empowerment, community ownership of assets and service delivery accesses ideas of social business and local entrepreneurialism. Several authors in this volume make reference to the ‘Big Society’ policy agenda which is led by the current UK coalition government and translates notions surrounding community empowerment into support for the co-development and co-production of services by citizens. As Hill indicates in Chapter 1, the current context of public sector cuts implies continuing retraction of the state from service delivery and greater involvement of non-state (e.g. voluntary sector and social enterprise) players, including citizens themselves, in the design, development and delivery of services while Skerratt, in Chapter 2, shows that these issues are relevant beyond the UK. All this suggests that greater attention should be paid to...

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