The Centre de recherche et d’information sur la démocratie et l’autonomie (CRIDA, Research and Information Center on Democracy and Autonomy), based in Paris, was founded in 1984. The CRIDA gathers sociologists and economists who develop a contemporary socio-economic approach in four main fields of research: third sector, social enterprises and solidarity economy; personal services and grassroots’ initiatives; integration, labour market and social policies; and socio-economic systems and democracy. CRIDA is one of the founding members of the EMES European Research Network EMES.
CRIDA’s researchers have been involved in several European research projects in the fields of social policies, third sector, local initiatives and employment, etc. They coordinated the EMES child care comparative research project (TSFEPS) and participated in the EMES project on socio- economic performance of social enterprises in the field of work integration (PERSE). They also took part in the Third sector and European Policy(TSEP) and the Social Polis network on cities and social cohesion.
The researcher in charge, Laurent Fraisse, holds a post-graduate degree in economics (Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne). He has worked as a researcher at the CRIDA since 1997 and has been a member of the Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire pour la Sociologie Economique (LISE / CNAM CNRS) since 2004. He is a member of the reading committee of the Revue Economie et Solidarité for Europe and was also one of the organisers of the first European conference jointly organised by the ISTR and EMES in 2005. He took part in several European research programmes on the socio-economic evaluation of services to persons and of social enterprises, on public policies and the third sector (TSEP), on the governance and coordination of social policies and policies fighting exclusion. He has actively participated to several European research projects in connected fields with the FP7.
He coordinated (2001-2004) the EMES European research on child care services and social cohesion (TSFEPS) in which, among others things, a the role and the involvement of municipal, non for profit and for profit organisation in the local governance of social services have been compared with regard to the participation quality and participation criteria. His publications include: Fraisse, L., Eme, B., “La gouvernance locale de la diversification des modes d’accueil : un enjeu de cohésion sociale”, Recherches et Prévisions, CNAF, n°80, june 2005.; Fraisse, L., “Les enjeux de l’action publique en faveur de l’économie sociale et solidaire”, in Carvalho de Franca, G., Laville, J-L, Action publique et économie solidaire, éditions Eres, May 2005; Fraisse, L., “Changement social”, in Laville J-L, Dictionnaire de l’Autre économie, Desclée de Brouwer, January 2005; Fraisse L. (2003), “Espaces publics de proximité, économie solidaire et démocratisation de l’économie”, in Revue Hermès, n°36, “Economie solidaire et Démocratie”, pp.137-147. · Fraisse L., Enjolras B., Laville J-L. (2000), “Between subsidiarity and social assistance: the French way towards activation”, in Loedemel I., Trickey H. (dir.), An Offer you can’t refuse, Policy Press, pp. 41-71.
Contact information: Laurent Fraisse email@example.com