Social enterprises as new institutions in environmental governance
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The overall purpose of this study was to find out what the strengths and limitations of environmental social enterprises (ESEs) were and how they could contribute to creating more sustainable societies. Using institutional economics as a framework, this study explored three main research areas. These were; what characterises ESEs, how do they function, how do they perform, and finally, what are their key strengths and limitations as an alternative institution for environmental governance. This study took an explorative approach and carried out nineteen in-depth, semi-structured interviews with the founders of ESEs. The interviews were transcribed, coded and thematically analysed in accordance with the research questions.