SpringerBriefs in Economics

Solidarity Economy and Social Business

New Models for a New Society

Editors: Matsui, Noriatsu, Ikemoto, Yukio (Eds.)

  • Considers the activities of a solidarity economy for overcoming widening disparity and poverty caused by market mechanisms
  • Analyzes the diverse activities of the Grameen Bank and other organizations in social business  
  • Examines and introduces practices related to the solidarity economy mainly in Asia
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This book presents theoretical examinations of why and how connecting people yields different results from those of the market mechanism alone. With an ever-greater disparity between the world’s rich and poor, actions have been taken to remove the imperfections and remedy malfunctions of the market mechanism. An underlying theme of these activities is to connect people and make them directly visible to one another; thus the integrating concept of the “solidarity economy” emerges. This volume analyzes diverse examples and practices of solidarity economy. Adam Smith emphasized the importance of “sympathy” among people and the role of the “impartial spectator” in order to control otherwise reckless markets. These major concepts form the basis of a solidarity economy. The examples and practices in this book are based on this framework. The first is the idea of social business, promoted by Prof. M. Yunus of the Grameen Bank. Although the group of five members in the Grameen Bank organization is considered a system of mutual surveillance by some economists, it is not a system based on distrust but a mechanism for mutual help and encouragement. Also examined in this book is organic agriculture, which adheres to the necessity of face-to-face relationships. It pursues environmental concerns and food safety by bringing together consumers and producers in local areas and by sharing knowledge. When consumers and producers are widely separated, a system of certification assures consumers that no chemical pesticides and fertilizers are used. Connecting consumers and producers through certification systems can be seen as part of fair trade mechanisms. These mechanisms are applied in certified coffee programs, for instance, to reduce poverty, to protect the environment, and to safeguard human rights. This book proposes that all these seemingly different types of activities can be understood as part of the solidarity economy. With this unifying theme, the book will be useful for both theoretical investigations and practical applications.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Solidarity and Social Business: Theoretical Background

    Ikemoto, Yukio (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • Microcredit, Inclusive Finance and Solidarity

    Matsui, Noriatsu (et al.)

    Pages 13-25

  • Grameen-Model Microcredit in a Developed Country: Spain

    Tsuboi, Hiromi (et al.)

    Pages 27-34

  • Renewable Energy Resources for Villages Off the Grid

    Tsuboi, Hiromi

    Pages 35-44

  • Yogurt for the Poor: Progressive Nutrition

    Tsuboi, Hiromi

    Pages 45-51

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eBook $39.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-4-431-55470-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Solidarity Economy and Social Business
Book Subtitle
New Models for a New Society
Editors
  • Noriatsu Matsui
  • Yukio Ikemoto
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Economics
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-55471-4
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-55471-4
Softcover ISBN
978-4-431-55470-7
Series ISSN
2191-5504
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 108
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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