The Social Solidarity Economy: Discerning its Theory to Accommodate the Commons

  • Alexandre Guttmann Centre d’Économie Paris Nord (CEPN), Université Paris 13 – Sorbonne Paris Cité
Keywords: Civil Society, Collective Action, Commons, Cooperatives, Social Economy, Solidarity Economy


The objective of this paper is to understand how the theory of commons fits within the notion of the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) as a new transformative phase for our economy today. Since the current phase of capitalism faces both a major ecological and socio-economic crisis, it is important to see how SSE, guided by the commons, can help the world’s population cope with this crisis. But in order to make that argument, a theoretical analysis of SSE and the commons is required. Thus, this paper provides an analytical framework of SSE by dissecting thee terms ‘social’ and ‘solidarity’ and even the ‘third’ sector. This analytical framework will help identify in what contexts commons can play a fundamental role in strengthening SSE capacities on all economic fronts. As such, this paper will highlight the evolution of the theory of the commons, which will then lead to a discussion on how the commons can lead to the transformative phase of SSE as we face this capitalist crisis.


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How to Cite
Guttmann, A. (2019). The Social Solidarity Economy: Discerning its Theory to Accommodate the Commons. Review of Applied Socio-Economic Research, 18(2), 43-57. Retrieved from