Solidarity Economy: A scientific background and regulatory frameworks

This paper was extracted from the research study to evaluate ongoing transition initiatives in Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) region of Lucia Piani, Matteo Carzedda & Nadia Carestiato "Food solidarity economy: evaluating transition community initiatives in Friuli Venezia Giulia region".

Scholars from different disciplines, such as anthropology, sociology, economics, have investigated the subject of economics as a science of well living. The analysis of the literature demonstrates the existence of various approaches and alternative paths toward well-being within diverse economy experiences. These approaches focus either on theoretical aspects, and the criticism to the utilitarian model, or on the analysis of good practices and experiences in order to underline recurring features describing the emergence of alternative, bottom-up economic models.

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