Abstract: Interest in social enterprise has grown across the world and across all sectors in recent years. This interest is underpinned by multiple drivers, arising variously from the logics of new public governance, market-centric approaches to meeting social needs and a reclamation of people-centred economic arrangements as a response to complex problems. In this commentary, I ref lect on developments in social enterprise practice and scholarship in Australia since conducting the first national mapping of the field in 2010. I consider changes in practice and in the policy and development ecosystem that inform social enterprise development. In so doing, I consider what is driving these developments and their implications for future practice of both social enterprise and the third sector, and the related implications for scholarship of social enterprise.
To cite this article: Barraket, Jo. The state of social enterprise in Australia [online]. Third Sector Review, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2016: 71-79.
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