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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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Édith Archambault graduated from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in economics, sociology and political science and has a doctorate in economics. Her academic career took place mainly at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, where she chaired the Laboratoire d’Économie Sociale and was the Chair of the department of economics. Since 2004, she is emeritus professor. Her research fields are national accounting and the economics of the non-profit sector. She was the French local associate of the Johns Hopkins Non-profit Sector Comparative Project, and then expert for two handbooks on non-profit sector measurement (UNO and ILO). In 2010, she published the report Knowledge of Nonprofits for the Conseil national de l’information statistique (Cnis). Édith Archambault is the author of more than 250 publications and is an Officer of the Order of Légion d’Honneur and of the National Order of Merit.

Amélie Artis, PhD, is associate professor of economics at Sciences Po Grenoble. She is director of the master’s program in social economy and researcher at PACTE (Politiques publiques, ACtion politique, Territoires), a research laboratory of the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS). Her research includes organization studies (cooperatives and associations), the history of economic thought, financial and banking questions and local development. She analyzes the evolution of cooperatives in the economic system, namely between continuity and renewal, using historical and institutional approaches. In 2013, she published Introduction à la finance solidaire (Presses Universitaires de Grenoble).

Wafa Ben Sedrine-Lejeune graduated from the Institut des Hautes...

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