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.
Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2015. 334 pp., 43 tables, 7 graphs
CIRIEC (International Centre of Research and Information on the Public, Social and Cooperative Economy) is a non-governmental
international scientific organization. Its objectives are to undertake and promote the collection of information, scientific
research, and the publication of works on economic sectors and activities oriented towards the service of the general and
collective interest. Marie J. Bouchard is Professor at Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada), Director of the Collective
Enterprise Axis at Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales (CRISES). She published in this series The Worth of the
Social Economy. An International Perspective (P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2009). Damien Rousselière is Professor of economics at
AGROCAMPUS OUEST (France) and visiting professor at Université du Québec à Montréal. He is also an external consultant for
the Environment Directorate of the OECD and serves on the scientific council of Coop de France (French federation of agricultural