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Welfare Reform on the Web (January 2012): Community regeneration and development - overseas

Social economy in Chinese societies

Ngai Pun and Hok Bun Ku (guest editors)

China Journal of Social Work, vol.4, 2011, p.195-282

Industrialisation in China has led to disruption of rural communities due to migration to urban centres and seizure of land for business development. This special issue advocates the social economy as an alternative to the current market model. The failure of the market economy lies in its domination by capital, its commodification of people and land, and its destruction of society and the environment. The social economy combines efficient production and management offered by the market economy with equal distribution of resources and social participation. Cooperatives, social enterprises, fair trade and collectives are all examples of the social economy.

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