The August issue of the journal Voluntas contains the long-awaited article with a revised definition of the third sector by Salamon and Sokolowski.
The article is accompanied by a symposium with comments from several major scholars. In her comment, Kirsten Grønbjerg notes that ‘the Third/Social Economy (TSE) model proposed by Salamon and Sokolowski builds on major advances in scholarly work on nonprofits, volunteering and related concepts and seeks to build the foundation for new advances. The paper makes a cogent argument for expanding the definition of the sector beyond the traditional “Core” definition and it helps us understand cross-sector relations between the TSE and the for-profit worlds.’ Defourny and Nyssens state that ‘the attempt made by L.S. Salamon and S.W. Sokolowski to propose an extended conception of the third sector, beyond typical non-profit institutions, represents a significant progress at various levels’.