Social and Asocial Enterprise

The Cambridge Handbook of Social Enterprise Law (Benjamin Means & Joseph W. Yockey eds., 2018)

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2017-33

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 Last revised: 12 Nov 2018

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Elizabeth Pollman

University of Pennsylvania Law School; Co-Director, University of Pennsylvania Law School - Institute for Law and Economics; European Corporate Governance Institute

Date Written: September 24, 2017

Abstract

One of the most significant recent developments in law and business has been the rise of the “social enterprise” movement. This development raises a host of questions: What counts as social enterprise? What is the impact of this categorizing? Does the category of social enterprise, or the related new legal form of the benefit corporation, in turn define others by contradistinction or otherwise affect their treatment?

This chapter examines these questions with an aim that is two-fold: to bring together key points in the social enterprise and benefit corporation debates thus far, from the perspective of thinking about categories and their implications; and to step back to reflect on larger trends and potential directions that these developments might contribute to and push toward. Specifically, this chapter argues that two developing trends — the increasingly political marketplace and the expanding scope of corporate rights — are areas in which we may in coming years feel the impact of the social enterprise movement and benefit corporations.

Keywords: social enterprise, benefit corporations, corporate law, corporate rights, political corporations, corporate social responsibility

JEL Classification: K22, P12

Suggested Citation

Pollman, Elizabeth, Social and Asocial Enterprise (September 24, 2017). The Cambridge Handbook of Social Enterprise Law (Benjamin Means & Joseph W. Yockey eds., 2018) , Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2017-33, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3042328 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3042328

Elizabeth Pollman (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania Law School; Co-Director, University of Pennsylvania Law School - Institute for Law and Economics; European Corporate Governance Institute ( email )

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