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The Sharing Economy in Europe

Developments, Practices, and Contradictions

Palgrave Macmillan
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  • Provides new knowledge regarding creative industries, solidarity and care sectors, and COVID-19 pandemic

  • Consider the development of the collaborative economy with a European focus

  • Provides a multilevel perspective and combines topics at the global, European, national, and regional levels

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. The Sharing Economy in Europe: From Idea to Reality

      • Cristina Miguel, Gabriela Avram, Andrzej Klimczuk, Bori Simonovits, Bálint Balázs, Vida Česnuitytė
      Pages 3-18Open Access
  3. Development of the Sharing Economy in Europe

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 19-19
    2. A Conceptualisation of the Sharing Economy: Towards Theoretical Meaningfulness

      • Cristina Miguel, Esther Martos-Carrión, Mijalche Santa
      Pages 21-40Open Access
    3. The Context of Public Policy on the Sharing Economy

      • Błażej Koczetkow, Andrzej Klimczuk
      Pages 41-64Open Access
    4. The Regulatory Context and Legal Evolution: The Cases of Airbnb and Uber

      • Kosjenka Dumančić, Natalia-Rozalia Avlona
      Pages 65-85Open Access
  4. Mapping Sectors of the Sharing Economy in European Countries

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 87-87
    2. Shared Mobility: A Reflection on Sharing Economy Initiatives in European Transportation Sectors

      • Agnieszka Lukasiewicz, Venere Stefania Sanna, Vera Lúcia Alves Pereira Diogo, Anikó Bernát
      Pages 89-114Open Access
    3. Peer-To-Peer Accommodation in Europe: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

      • Anna Farmaki, Cristina Miguel
      Pages 115-136Open Access
    4. Unpacking the Financial Services and Crowdfunding Evolution in the Sharing Economy

      • Agnieszka Lukasiewicz, Mijalche Santa
      Pages 163-180Open Access
    5. Education, Knowledge and Data in the Context of the Sharing Economy

      • Gabriela Avram, Eglantina Hysa
      Pages 181-206Open Access
  5. Country-Specific Case Studies

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 239-239
    2. The Sharing Economy in France: A Favourable Ecosystem for Alternative Platforms Models

      • Myriam Lewkowicz, Jean-Pierre Cahier
      Pages 263-284Open Access
    3. Unsettled State of Regulation: Italy’s Hard Path Towards Effective Rules for the Sharing Economy

      • Giulia Priora, Monica Postiglione, Stefano Valerio, Venere Stefania Sanna, Chiara Bassetti
      Pages 305-324Open Access
    4. Time Banks in the United Kingdom: An Examination of the Evolution

      • Rodrigo Perez-Vega, Cristina Miguel
      Pages 325-342Open Access

About this book

This open access book considers the development of the sharing and collaborative economy with a European focus, mapping across economic sectors, and country-specific case studies. It looks at the roles the sharing economy plays in sharing and redistribution of goods and services across the population in order to maximise their functionality, monetary exchange, and other aspects important to societies.  It also looks at the place of the sharing economy among various policies and how the contexts of public policies, legislation, digital platforms, and other infrastructure interrelate with the development and function of the sharing economy. 

The book will help in understanding the future (sharing) economy models as well as to contribute in solving questions of better access to resources and sustainable innovation in the context of degrowth and growing inequalities within and between societies. It will also provide a useful source for solutions to the big challenges of our times such as climate change, the loss of biodiversity, and recently the coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19). 

This book will be of interest to academics and students in economics and business, organisational studies, sociology, media and communication and computer science.


  • Sharing Economy
  • Collaborative Economy
  • Collaborative Consumption
  • Peer-to-Peer Economy
  • Social Innovation
  • Socio-Technical Systems
  • Open Access

Editors and Affiliations

  • Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania

    Vida Česnuitytė

  • SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Collegium of Socio-Economics, Warsaw, Poland

    Andrzej Klimczuk

  • University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

    Cristina Miguel

  • Interaction Design Centre, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

    Gabriela Avram

About the editors

Vida Česnuitytė PhD in sociology, is an Associated Professor, and Head of the Sociological Research Laboratory at the Mykolas Romeris University (Vilnius, Lithuania).


Andrzej Klimczuk PhD, is a sociologist and public policy expert and an assistant professor at the SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland.


Gabriela Avram PhD, is Lecturer in Digital Media and Interaction Design and senior researcher at the Interaction Design Centre of the University of Limerick (Ireland).


Cristina Miguel PhD is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Communication at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. 


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Sharing Economy in Europe

  • Book Subtitle: Developments, Practices, and Contradictions

  • Editors: Vida Česnuitytė, Andrzej Klimczuk, Cristina Miguel, Gabriela Avram

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Economics and Finance, Economics and Finance (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-86896-3Published: 22 January 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-86899-4Published: 22 January 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-86897-0Published: 21 January 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXIII, 413

  • Number of Illustrations: 2 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Economics of Innovation, Economic Development, Innovation and Growth

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)