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The Weight of the Social Economy

An International Perspective

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Edited By CIRIEC, Marie J. Bouchard and Damien Rousselière

What is the weight of the social economy? How should we measure it? Throughout the world, cooperatives, non-profit and mutual benefit 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 confirm 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 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.

This book is the result of the International Ciriec working group on "The Weight and Size of the Social Economy – International Perspectives for the Production of Statistics for the Social Economy" developed by the CIRIEC International Scientific Commission "Social and Cooperative Economy": http://www.ciriec.uliege.be/en/research/commission-es/themes-en-cours/theme-de-recherche-1/

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Acknowledgements ................................................................................ 9 Introduction. The Weight, Size and Scope of the Social Economy .......................................................................... 11 Marie J. Bouchard & Damien Rousselière Part I. Methodological concerns in Producing statistics on the social econoMy The Pioneer Work of CIRIEC-España .............................................. 31 José Luis Monzón Does the Social Economy Count? How Should We Measure It? Representations of the Social Economy through Statistical Indicators ............................................................ 39 Amélie Artis, Marie J. Bouchard & Damien Rousselière Mapping the Field of the Social Economy. Identifying Social Economy Entities .................................................. 69 Marie J. Bouchard, Paulo Cruz Filho & Martin St-Denis Organizing the Field of the Social Economy. The Social Economy and Its Classification Within Systems of National Accounts ............................................................................ 91 Édith Archambault International Comparisons. Lessons from the Measurement of the Nonprofit Component ............................................................. 117 Lester M. Salamon, S. Wojciech Sokolowski & Megan A. Haddock So, What Does a Social Economy Enterprise Produce? ................ 141 Sybille Mertens & Michel Marée 8Part II. What can Be learned FroM sPeciFic studies The Construction of Social and Solidarity Economy Statistics in France. A Progressive Mobilization of Very Diverse Actors ...... 161 Danièle Demoustier, with the collaboration of Élisa Braley, Thomas Guérin & Daniel Rault The Production of Statistics for the Social Economy in Belgium. A Focus on Mutuals and Cooperatives ........................ 173 Fabienne Fecher & Wafa Ben Sedrine Lejeune Collaborative Research Between Civil Society, State and the Academia. Lessons from the Brazilian Mapping of the Solidarity Economy ................................................................. 205 Luiz Inácio Gaiger To Estimate the Scope and Size of the Social Economy in Japan. Challenges for Producing Comprehensive Statistics ..... 231 Akira...

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