An International Perspective
This book fills a gap in the literature about the social economy. It seeks to explain why it is important to have statistics on it, to understand how they are produced, and to project how the social economy might be better understood in the future. The book offers researchers and decision-makers an overview of the current state of knowledge on these topics.
P.I.E. Peter Lang S o c ia l E c o n o m y & P u b l ic E c o n o m y 6 The Weight of the Social Economy An International Perspective CIRIEC Marie J. Bouchard & Damien Rousselière What is the weight of the social economy? How should we measure it? Throughout the world, cooperatives, non-pro t and mutual bene t organizations, foundations and other social enterprises play an important role in job creation, social cohesion, social innovation, regional development and environmental protection. Observations tend to con rm the ability of the social economy to contribute to balancing economies, mainly by serving as an anti-cyclical force in the face of economic crises. However, many countries and regions lack statistical information about its weight, size and scope on their territory. This book lls a gap in the literature about the social economy. It seeks to explain why it is important to have statistics on it, to understand how they are produced, and to project how the social economy might be better understood in the future. The book o ers researchers and decision- makers an overview of the current state of knowledge on these topics. Contributors: Édith Archambault, Amélie Artis, Marie J. Bouchard, Élisa Braley, Paulo Cruz Filho, Danièle Demoustier, Fiona Duguid, Fabienne Fecher, Luiz Inácio Gaiger, Thomas Guérin, Megan A. Haddock, Akira Kurimoto, Michel Marée, Sybille Mertens, José Luis Monzón, Daniel Rault, Damien Rousselière, Lester M. Salamon, Wafa...
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