The Solidarity Economy: Benchmarks and Outline for a Critique

By Sophie Boutillier

English

For Keynesian economists, the solidarity economic model is presented as capable of solving the problems of unemployment and poverty in industrialized countries. However, neither the poverty issue nor the debates about the solidarity economy are new. Two hundred years ago, socialists and other utopians imagined a society no longer governed by market principles. Today, the question is no longer about radically changing society but about adjusting it in order to ward off back the always present specter of the stationary state while still maintaining social peace.

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