The European Commission has just published the policy brief “How Can Policy Makers Improve Their Country’s Support To Social Enterprises?”. The policy brief is based on the preliminary results of the EFESEIIS research project (Enabling the Flourishing and Evolution of Social Entrepreneurship for Innovative and Inclusive Societies)
The document has the main aim of providing policy makers with advice on how to support social enterprises in their country and has been written based on a wide-range of interviews and focus groups held with stakeholders from the partner countries.
Sciences Po and Glasgow Caledonian University coordinated the elaboration of the policy brief, analysing which policies should be enacted to provide a favourable environment for social enterprises.
EFESEIIS aims to produce new knowledge about the social and solidarity-based economy. It provides a better understanding of social entrepreneurship using analysis of data gathered in 11 European countries.
By 2016, EFESEIIS aspires to provide information to a wide range of stakeholders policy makers, financial organisations, local authorities and individuals to help remove the barriers preventing the growth of social entrepreneurship.
The overall design of the research was based upon a theoretical framework that integrates different explanatory factors such as public policies and institutions, organizational features and individual characteristics, through an evolutionary perspective. The research utilised a cross-national comparative design that includes eleven European countries with different welfare state traditions and social and institutional approaches to social entrepreneurship. This was accompanied by an integrated methodological approach based on multiple sources and methods, including an analysis of state traditions, policies and practices towards social entrepreneurship, and surveys of social enterprises, case study development and in-depth interviews with new social entrepreneurs.
The policy problem addressed in this brief relates to which policies should be enacted to provide a favourable environment for social enterprises.
Furthermore, the policy implications and recommendations examined many aspects including: legal, tax benefits and tax rates, bankruptcy legislation, positive aspects of local policy environments, negative aspects of local policy environments, public awareness and education.
Here you can find the policy brief.