The report “Social Enterprise, Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship in Germany” written by Annette Zimmer & Stephanie Bräuer of the Westfälische Wilhelms University in Germany, aims at assessing the main features and the evolution of social enterprises in Germany. The text is divided into two main parts. In the first section they present the general trends of the research on social economy and its definition.
The second part of the report illustrates the appropriate “ecosystem” for the development of the social economy analyzing the factors that favor its growth. This section pays special attention to the stakeholders in this context and the the four main aspects that describe this habitat.
First, the legal context for social enterprise in each Lander. Second, the financial sector and the support to these stakeholders that have been foreseen. Then the education system and its role in the development of the social economy. Finally, as the fourth pillar of the ecosystem, the changing German welfare state and its relationship to the cooperative enterprise.