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First Steps of an Information System on Social Economy Organizations: Qualifying the Organizations

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    (D. Sociologyl. Chairholder of the Canada Research Chair on the Social Economy. Université du Québec à Montréal. C.P. 8888, Succ. Centre-Ville Montréal (Québec). Canada H3C 3P8)



    (D. Economics Researcher with the Institut des sciences humaines, CNRS. Postdoctoral fellow with the Canada Research Chair on the Social Economy. Université du Québec à Montréal. C.P. 8888, Succ. Centre-Ville Montréal (Québec). Canada H3C 3P8)



    (Ph.D. candidate in Business Administration. Researcher with the Canada Research Chair on the Social Economy. Université du Québec à Montréal. C.P. 8888, Succ. Centre-Ville Montréal (Québec). Canada H3C 3P8)

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    Although it has a rich history, the social economy does not yet have a clear, unanimously supported definition. This makes it difficult to delineate and follow the evolution of the social economy for statistical purposes. Some definitions of the social economy only incorporate the non-market components, and others, only marketbased ones. This text proposes a new approach which groups together both the non-market and market components of the social economy. Four qualification criteria are proposed which allow us to situate, along four continuums, the degree to which organizations correspond to these criteria. Si la economía social tiene una historia ya rica, su definición no hace hoy la unanimidad, dificultando su delimitación y el seguimiento de su evolución con fines estadísticos. Algunas definiciones sólo integran los componentes no comerciales en el campo de la economía social; otros, al contrario, solamente los componentes comerciales. Este texto propone un nuevo enfoque que agrupa los componentes no comerciales y comerciales de la economía social. Se proponen cuatro criterios de calificación, lo que permite situar, sobre cuatro series, el grado de correspondencia de las organizaciones a estos criterios.

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    Article provided by Estudios de Economía Aplicada in its journal Estudios de Economía Aplicada.

    Volume (Year): 26 (2008)
    Issue (Month): (Abril)
    Pages: 7-24

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