As moedas locais beneficiam as comunidades?
: o caso do MOR

  • Mariana Veiga Mendes da Silva Machado (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis

Abstract

This dissertation falls within the scope of social innovation initiatives, initiatives that arise to adjust and/or mitigate economic, social and environmental imbalances emerging from economic rationality. Of the several instruments of social innovation, the author chose, as the object of this study, the local currencies, in particular the MOR currency, created by the A.Mor association in the municipality of Montemor-o-Novo. The intention was to investigate the advantages of implementing the MOR to the municipality of Montemor-o-Novo, to determine if a transformation in the local community is taking place, and if so, to understand how it happens, and finally, to contribute to the knowledge and dissemination of the reality of local currencies in Portugal. From a methodological point of view, a qualitative research approach was adopted, using, as data collection techniques, document analysis, direct observation, and semi-structured interviews. The results show that the advantages of the local currency MOR are currently not very expressive. It is a recent initiative, with little adhesion from the population and few resources and means of dissemination. If the initiative continues and the population adheres to it, it is expected to raise awareness of local consumption, increase local trade, economy, and development, and build a local network of mutual support. This study also reveals that there are still no visible effects of the use of this currency that allow us to talk about social transformation.
Date of Award3 Jul 2023
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorSandra Lima Coelho (Supervisor)

Keywords

  • Social innovation
  • Local currency
  • Advantages
  • Social transformation

Designation

  • Mestrado em Gestão

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