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The Social Economy in Seoul: Assessing the Economic, Social, Environmental and Political Impacts


The Social Economy in Seoul: Assessing the Economic, Social, Environmental and Political Impacts
Social and solidarity economy (SSE) has significant potential to contribute to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, given the commitment, common to both, to looking beyond economic development and seeking out ways to make social and environmental improvements in people’s lives. But how effectively is this potential being leveraged? The city of Seoul in the Republic of Korea offers a useful testing ground to answer this question, as it has recently implemented a series of policies encouraging the growth of its social economy (SE). This Brief assesses the impact of SE in Seoul across the economic, social, environmental and political dimensions, and relates these impacts to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UNRISD Research and Policy Briefs aim to improve the quality of development dialogue. They situate the Institute’s research within wider social development debates, synthesize its findings and draw out issues for consideration in decision-making processes. They provide this information in a concise format that should be of use to policy makers, scholars, activists, journalists and others.
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  • Pub. Date: 4 Jul 2018
    Pub. Place: Geneva
    ISSN: 1811-0142
    From: UNRISD