Reference Work Entry

International Encyclopedia of Civil Society

pp 11-12


  • Edith ArchambaultAffiliated with

Address of Organization

33 rue des Trois-Fontanot 92002 Nanterre Cedex France www.​addes.​asso.​fr


ADDES was created with a double objective: to improve and disseminate the knowledge of social economy organizations, especially by giving them a greater visibility in the official statistics and to promote this set of organizations in the public sphere and the public at large.

Brief History

ADDES was founded in 1982 by an informal group of statisticians and academics, rapidly joined by employees of cooperatives, mutual societies and associations eager to give more acknowledgement to the economic and social role of these organizations. In 1983 a first conference was organized, followed by more than 20. Since 1986 two young researchers are annually awarded prizes by ADDES.

Mission, Objectives, Activities

The first mission of ADDES was to draw the main lines of a satellite account of social economy and to lobby the government and the French statistical office to implement it. Facing political difficulties in this lobbying, ADDES turned toward a larger objective, the accumulation and dissemination of multidisciplinary research done in isolation. One of the vehicles for achieving this objective is the Revue des Etudes Cooperatives, mutualistes et associatives (RECMA), the only French journal on the social economy and related topics.

Structure, Governance and Funding

ADDES is a declared association, with few members whose general assembly is the governing body. A larger scientific council composed of statisticians, academics, and representatives of social economy organizations prepares the annual conference and awards. ADDES's annual budget is €30,000 and funding comes since the very beginning from Credit Cooperatif, a cooperative bank, and later from its corporate foundation.

Major Contributions

By its awards and the publication of the papers delivered in its annual conference on line and through the RECMA journal, ADDES is now the main French reference on this topic. An academic community was created step by step.




Mutual Societies

Social Economy

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