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.
The Pioneer Work of CIRIEC-España
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José Luis MONZÓN
Professor, Universitat de Valencia, and President,Scientific Commission of CIRIEC-España
Researchers from CIRIEC (Centre International de Recherches et d’Information sur l’Economie Publique, Sociale et Coopérative/ International Centre of Research and Information on the Public, Social and Cooperative Economy) have made important contributions to the social economy research field, namely to finding a conceptual and statistical definition of the social economy, particularly in Europe. This chapter offers a rapid overview of the pioneering work of researchers coming from the Spanish section of CIRIEC, CIRIEC-España. The first section recalls the stepping-stones of the creation of a Spanish observatory on the social economy. Section two and three present the methodology for drawing statistical portraits of the social economy, first applied to Spain and later on to other European countries. Section four explains how mapping the social economy in Europe benefited from this strong expertise as well as from the contribution of CIRIEC international network of researchers across Europe.
Academics associated with CIRIEC-España look back on a long tradition of research on the social economy. They have contributed to the identification of the purpose of general interest of this economy; to the characterization of its distinctive features in terms of initiative (bottom-up), governance (democratic), ownership (collective) and surplus distribution (limited); and to the analysis of its permeable frontiers (Monzón, 1987; 1992; 1997; 2006). This conceptualization then served as a reference for the first CIRIEC international working group aiming to...
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