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 Production of Statistics for the Social Economy in Belgium. A Focus on Mutuals and Cooperatives
Full professor, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences,Université de Liège, Belgium
Wafa BEN SEDRINE-LEJEUNE
Université de Liège, Belgium
The lack of visibility of cooperatives and mutuals in present-day societies contrast with the increasing importance of those organizations, which are firmly established in every sector and branch of economic activity. Given the activities that they carry out and the goals that they pursue, the cooperatives and mutual societies are two essential components of the social economy. Through their mission of combining objectives that are economic as well as social, they represent readily identifiable forms of enterprises in the social economy. For those organizations, the creation of an economic added value is more of a means of achieving their objectives and values rather than the be-all and end-all of their activities.
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