Marguerite Mendell


This issue of Universitas Forum contains abridged versions of background working papers and country case studies prepared for the International Forum on the Social and Solidarity Economy (FIESS) held in Montreal (Canada) in October 2011.The focus of FIESS was on public policy and specifically on the co-construction of public policy: where is this occurring?; in what countries?; in what sectors?; what are the processes of co-construction in various national contexts?

The objective of the working papers was to provide an overview of the challenges and issues raised by each theme of the Forum: territory and local development; innovation and collective entrepreneurship; solidarity finance; work and employment and food security and sovereignty. Through the case studies, they also analyzed the relations between government and civil society in several countries that are useful illustrations of collaborative approaches to policy formation. As the social and solidarity economy continues to evolve, these papers are offered as a “work in progress”.

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