An International Perspective
Edited By CIRIEC, Marie J. Bouchard and Damien Rousselière
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.
Introduction. The Weight, Size and Scope of the Social Economy
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Marie J. BOUCHARD
Full professor, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
Full professor, AGROCAMPUS OUEST, France
There is a growing interest in statistics about the social economy. Throughout the world, the social economy plays an important role in job creation and retention, social cohesion, social innovation, rural and regional development, and environmental protection. In a number of countries, significant work has been done by national statistical agencies and by researchers (academic and institutional) to gather national and international data. Results 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 (Stiglitz, 2009; European Parliament and European Commission, 2014). The social economy is seen as having a strong potential in addressing global challenges in a renewed economy (Utting, van Dijk and Matheï, 2014).
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