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The Worth of the Social Economy

An International Perspective

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What is the worth of the social economy? What worth does the social economy produce?
Co-operatives, not-for-profit and mutual benefits organizations as well as foundations share common values that colour the way they perform and how they manage to do so. Yet, little is known about how the social economy is actually being evaluated, and how evaluation may reinforce or weaken this specificity.
This book fills a gap in the literature about the social economy. It seeks to make a critical assessment of the interests to which the social economy of today must cater and for which questions of evaluation appear to be the most telling.
A first set of contributions is made up of four theoretical papers inspired by various disciplinary fields: management, economy, sociology, philosophy. A second set of contributions is composed of seven national analyses of how the social economy is evaluated in different institutional contexts: France, Québec (Canada), United Kingdom, United States, Brazil, Portugal and Japan. The conclusion of the book summarizes the findings of this study and formulates some questions addressed to policy designers, evaluation specialists and social economy actors.

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265 Presentation of the Authors Carolina Andion holds a Ph.D. in human sciences from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC). She is a professor at the Postgra- duate Program of Administration in the Administration and Socioeco- nomics Sciences Center (ESAG) at the State University of Santa Catari- na (UDESC). She is also a researcher at the CIRIEC-Brazil. Marie J. Bouchard is professor at Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada). She holds a Doctorate in Sociology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (France). She is head of the Canada Research Chair on the Social Economy, a regular member of the Re- search Center on Social Innovations (CRISES), and the codirector of the Community Housing Research Group within the Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) on the Social Economy. She presently acts as Vice-President for International Affairs of CIRIEC-Canada. Member of CIRIEC’s International Scientific Commission Social and Coopera- tive Economy, she is the coordinator of the Working Group on Methods and Indicators for Evaluating the Social Economy. Lucila Campos holds a Ph.D. in production engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC). She is a professor of the Post-graduate Program of Administration at Universidade do Vale do Itajaí (UNIVALI), and she is member of the CIRIEC International Scientific Commission “Social and Cooperative Economy”. Her research interest has been on social economy, social management and sustaina- bility. Bernard Eme holds a Doctorate in Philosophy and the rank of full Professor in Sociology at Université de Lille 1. He is...

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