Social Entrepreneurship: A Reflection for Adopting Public Policies that Support the Third Sector in Brazil


  • Francielli Martins Borges Ladeira Program in Administration at Maringa State University (PPA/UEM).
  • Hilka Vier Machado Universidade Estadual de Maringá.



social entrepreneurship, public policy, social and economic policies.


Interest in social entrepreneurship is growing widely not only in Brazil but in the world. Several developed countries have stepped forward to develop policies to support this area not only as a tool to fulfill the government failures such as poverty, health, education, unemployment among others, but also because of all the benefits that social enterprises have in relation to society. However, it is possible to identify a lack of political support for social entrepreneurship in Brazil. Given the needs in the Brazilian context of improvements in several areas where the state can not cover actions in their entirety as social exclusion, income distribution and especially professionalization of youth and creating jobs, we need a deep analysis of how social entrepreneurship can act as a modifying element of this scenario. Thus, with Brazil a country developing rapidly, it is important to verify public policies that support social entrepreneurship in already developed countries and carry out studies on the suitability and applicability of these policies in the Brazilian reality. Thus, this paper aims to study the trends of social entrepreneurship in some developed countries as well as analyzing public policies implemented by these countries, and considering the Brazilian context, present some policy proposals to support social entrepreneurship in Brazil.


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Author Biographies

Francielli Martins Borges Ladeira, Program in Administration at Maringa State University (PPA/UEM).

Masters from the Post Graduate Program in Administration at Maringa State University (PPA/UEM).

Hilka Vier Machado, Universidade Estadual de Maringá.

Prof. Dra. Associate in the Administration Department at Maringa State University and faculty in the Post Graduate Program in Administration (DAD – PPA/UEM).


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How to Cite

Ladeira, F. M. B., & Machado, H. V. (2013). Social Entrepreneurship: A Reflection for Adopting Public Policies that Support the Third Sector in Brazil. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 8, 188–196.