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RESEARCH

One of GEZKI’s main research activities is in relation to the social economy, and the Institute’s members have vast experience and a long history in various fields in this subject. The social economy is researched from the perspective of economy and law.

With regard to economic analysis, we perform business analyses of social economy organisations, focusing on characteristics that move away from the capitalist model. Since these are democratic organisations based on participation and self-management, we focus mainly on the characteristic elements they present in relation to other business organisation models. We analyse three areas of participation: capital, decisions and benefits.

Firstly, regarding the territorial dynamics of social economy organisations, we study their implication in the local development of their territory. Thus, from a social innovation perspective, we analyse the innovative governance models and transformative entrepreneurship models created by these organisations in their environment. Secondly, we analyse the public policies used by public agencies to promote experiences in social economy. And thirdly, on a more global level, we study how social economy organisations develop their internationalisation processes and we perform a critical analysis of the opportunities and conflicts generated within those processes.

In terms of legal analysis, our research topic is the law in relation to the promotion and development of the social economy. From a legal perspective, and basing ourselves on the Spanish Social Economy Law (Law 5/2011, of 29 March), which was a global milestone, as well as cooperative law we also analyse the law regarding other types of figures: work societies, friendly societies, special employment centres, social companies and associations and foundations.

GEZKI’s research work can be summarised into five main lines, all focused on analysing the different areas of social economy organisations:

  • Democracy and employee participation in the company.
  • Social and solidarity economy and social innovation.
  • Governance and law of social economy organisations.
  • Public policies to promote the social economy.
  • Globalisation and internationalisation of social economy organisations.

The studies conducted by members of GEZKI in relation to these research lines are published in books and scientific journals and presented at international conferences. Moreover, the master’s dissertations submitted by the students of the official master’s degree Social and Solidarity Economy of the UPV/EHU enrich the Institute’s research work.

RESEARCH TOPICS

Democracy and employee participation in the company

This line includes studies that analyse employee participation in the company. These studies cover three areas of participation: the composition of capital, the decision-making process and the treatment of benefits.

These are the main themes worked on in this line:

  •  Regulations and legislations on Social Economic Organizations.
  •  Fiscal System of Social Economic Organizations.
  • Social responsability inside Social Economic companies.
  • Social Economics and intelectual and industrial propietorship.

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Social and solidarity economy and social innovation

This line of research involves studying the dynamics and mechanisms developed by social economy organisations for local development, from the perspective of social innovation. We focus on specific projects created by the social economy to respond to local social needs and on governance models for the dynamics created in the territory.

Below are the main study topics in this line of research: 

  • Social and solidarity economy and social innovation.
  • Social and solidarity economy and local development.
  • Social and solidarity economy and social welfare services.
  • Social and solidarity economy and socialisation of socially excluded groups.

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Governance and law of social economy organisations

This line of research includes the study of the different aspects related to the law of social economy organisations. As well as analysing the regimes and legal regulations that govern the internal governance of social economy organisations, we also studied the existing regulations in the communities where these organisations are based.

Below are the main study topics in this line of research:

  • The law of social economy organisations.
  • Cooperative law.
  • Tax legislation of social economy organisations.
  • Social economy and corporate social responsibility.
  • Social economy and intellectual and industrial property.

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Public policies to promote the social economy

This line of research includes the study of the public policies implemented by public agencies to promote the various social economy organisations. In addition to categorising the public policies for promotion both of the demand and the offer, we study the main mechanisms for promoting social economy at all levels in the public bodies of the BAC.

These are the main themes studied in this line:

  • Public policies to promote the social economy.
  • Social clauses in public procurement.
  • Basque Observatory on Social Economy.

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Globalisation and internationalisation of cooperatives

In this line we study the internationalisation processes and models of the Basque cooperative movement and critically analyse the tensions created by these processes and models in the main cooperatives. We reflect, firstly, on the role of transnational companies in globalisation processes and organisational models; and, secondly, on the labour relations implemented by transnational cooperatives. We also take a look at international cooperative experiences.

These are the main themes studied in this line:

  • Internationalisation processes and models of the Basque cooperative movement.
  • International cooperative experiences.

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