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The Weight of the Social Economy

An International Perspective


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":

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← 8 | 9 → Acknowledgements


The present book is the result of the CIRIEC International working group “The Weight, Size and Scope of the Social Economy.” At the closing of The Weight of the Social Economy. An International Perspective, we would like to thank all the members of the working group for their collaboration and the quality of our conversations. We thank Édith Archambault and Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne for hosting the founding meeting of this group, as well as participants of that meeting (Gian Nicola Francesconi, International Food Policy Research Institute (Senegal); Karine Latulippe, Institut de la statistique du Québec (Canada)), and the contributors to this book for their valuable contributions. This book could not have been produced without the support of CIRIEC International staff, in particular Christine Dussart and Carmela De Cicco. We also wish to acknowledge Rafael Chaves, Chair of the CIRIEC scientific commission “Social and Cooperative Economy” until 2015, and the editors of the Social Economy & Public Economy series of P.I.E. Peter Lang: Benoît Lévesque (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada) and Bernard Thiry (Université de Liège and general director of CIRIEC International, Belgium). Finally, we thank our translator and editor Cathleen Poehler for her professionalism and insightful suggestions throughout the process of finalizing this book.

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