Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics


“Organization and governance in social economy enterprises”,
edited by Michael Kopel and Marco Marini.

Since 1995 the Annals are published by Wiley-Blackwell Oxford (UK) with the support of HEC – Management School of the University of Liège.

The objective of the Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics is the publication of high quality theoretical, empirical and experimental articles addressing academics and experts in such fields as: non-profit organizations, cooperatives, social enterprises,  public enterprises, public-private enterprises, employee participation, public services provision and regulation, both in developed and developing countries.

The scientific journal is published online and in paper format on a quarterly basis and each issue contains 6 to 7 articles in English or French. A thematic issue is released once a year. Before being included in a varied number, accepted articles are published in early view.

Under the responsibility of the Director and counting on the help of an Editorial Board made up of 40 experts, the editorial policy pertains to an Editor in chief assisted by 6 co-editors. All submissions are subject to anonymous peer review.


The Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics were founded in 1908 by Professor Edgard Milhaud (Geneva). Professor Paul Lambert from the University of Liège (Belgium) directed the Annals from 1960. From 1977 to 1990, they were directed by Guy Quaden (University of Liège).Until 1925, the journal existed under the name ” Annales de la régie directe “. It then called the Annals of Collective Economy / Annals of Collective Economy. In 1964 (English edition) and in 1974 (French edition) that the current name of the journal was approved. Three editions (French, English, German – Annalen der Gemeinwirtschaft) coexisted until 1989.

The scientific journal is the basis on which the association itself was built in 1947.

The review’s 100th anniversary has been celebrated on September 22nd , 2008 in Sevilla during the 27th international Congress of CIRIEC. For this centenary, a special issue has been produced, in which we can highlight 2 articles directly devoted to the review: the very rich historical one by E. Geerkens entitled “From the Annales de la régie directe to Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics: 100 years of Transformations in an international Journal” recounting the diverse changes lived by the Annals’ over 100 years. The second one signed by F. Fecher and B. Lévesque proposes to the readers the result of a significant work consisting in a review and thematic analysis of the Annals’ content over the last 30 years.Under the title “The Public Sector and the Social Economy in the Annals (1975-2007): Towards A New Paradigm” the two authors identify the main research topics and the most used theoretical frameworks for the public sector and the social economy.

Collection & subscription

The entire collection (French, English, German) since 1908, is available in paper format at CIRIEC, the online collection (from 1925 onwards) is available at Wiley-Blackwell.


Journal’s boards


Marco MARINI (Université La Sapienza, Rome, Italie)

Gani ALDASHEV (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgique)
Emmanuelle AURIOL (Université de Toulouse, France)
Avner BEN-NER (University of Minnesota, USA)
Gabriel Burdin, FCEA, (Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay & Leeds University Business School, UK)
Matthew ELLMAN (Institute for Economic Analysis, CSIC, and Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, Spain)
Massimo FLORIO (Università di Milano, Italia)

Advisory Board
Philippe BANCE (Université de Rouen, France)
Luc BERNIER (ENAP, Québec, Canada)
Marie J. BOUCHARD (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)
Rafael CHAVES (Universidad de Valencia, Espana)
Fabienne FECHER (Université de Liège, Belgique)

Editorial board
Baleren BAKAIKOA (Universidad del Pais Basco, España)
Leonardo BECCHETTI (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”, Italia)
Jos BIJMAN (Wageningen University,  Nederland)
Giuseppe BOGNETTI (Universitá di Milano, Italia)
Judith CLIFTON (University of Cantabria, Spain)
Chris CONFORTH (Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)
Giacomo CORNEO (Freien Universität Berlin, Deutschland)
Helmuth CREMER (Université de Toulouse, France)
Bernard ENJOLRAS (Institute for Social Research, Oslo, Norway)
Saul ESTRIN (London School of Economics, UK)
Massimo FILIPPINI (University of Lugano and ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Mathias FINGER (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Suisse)
Maitreesh GHATAK (London School of Economics, UK)
Bernard GAZIER (Université de Paris I, France)
Dorothea GREILING (Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Österreich)
Benedetto GUI (Sophia University Institute, Loppiano (Florence, Italy)
Hajime IMAMURA (Toyo University, Japan)
Elisabetta IOSSA (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”, Italia)
Derek JONES (Hamilton College, Clinton, USA)
Panu KALMI (University of Vaasa, Finland)
Jeremy KENDALL (University of Kent, Canterbury, UK)
Michael KOPEL (Graz Universität, Österreich)
Thomas LAMARCHE (Université Paris Diderot, France)
Jonathan LEAPE (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)
Carmen MARCUELLO (University of Zaragoza, Spain)
Marguerite MENDELL (Concordia University , Canada)
Jose Luis MONZÓN CAMPOS (Universidad de Valencia, España)
Sonia NOVKOVIC (Saint Mary’s University, Canada)
Gabriel OBERMANN (WU Vienna University of Economics, Austria)
Ulf PAPENFUß (University of Leipzig, Germany)
Leandro PEREIRA MORAIS (University of Campinas, Brazil)
Sergio PERELMAN (Université de Liège, Belgique)
Virginie PEROTIN (Leeds University, UK ; Université de Paris II, France)
Pierre PESTIEAU (Université de Liège, Belgique)
Louis PUTTERMAN (Brown University, USA)
Eoin REEVES (University of Limerick, Ireland)
Susan ROSE-ACKERMAN (Yale University, New Haven, USA)
Joaquim RUBENS FONTES FILHO (Fundação Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Lester M. SALAMON (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA and Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)
Roger SPEAR (Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)
Stephen C. SMITH (George Washington University, Washington DC, USA)
Richard STEINBERG (Indiana University in Indianapolis, USA)
Thierry VERDIER (Paris School of Economics, France)
Mirta VUOTTO (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Catherine WADDAMS PRICE (University of East Anglia, UK)
Mildred E. WARNER (Cornell University, USA)
Hans WESTLUND (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden)
Alberto ZEVI (Centro Studi, Legacoop, Italy)

Information to authors


Call for Papers—Instructions to Authors

Guidelines for Submission

Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics has now adopted ScholarOne Manuscripts, for online manuscript submission and peer review. The new system brings with it a whole host of benefits including:

  • Quick and easy submission
  • Administration centralised and reduced
  • Significant decrease in peer review times

From now on all submissions to the journal must be submitted online at Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you require assistance then click the Get Help Now link which appears at the top right of every ScholarOne Manuscripts page. If you cannot submit online, please contact in the Editorial Office by e-mail.

The Editorial Board of the Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics welcomes articles, in French or in English, dealing with broadly defined public, nonprofit or cooperative economics. The selection criteria are the originality and scientific quality of the article, and the interest it offers in terms of information exchange between experts and academics in the field of public, cooperative or nonprofit economics. Survey articles are also welcome which review relevant literature and address the key topical issues/developments within the fields mentioned above. All papers should be accessible to the non-specialist reader and are subject to anonymous peer review.

  1. Footnotes should be kept to a minimum and not consist of bibliographical references.
  2. Mathematical presentation of the methodology (theoretical or statistical models) should be put in appendix.
  3. Each reference should be mentioned in the text with the name of the author and the year of publication. Please set references out as follows:

FLEISHMAN J., 1983, ed., The Future of the Postal Service, New York: Praeger.

PELTZMAN S., 1976, “Toward a More General Theory of Regulation”, Journal of Law and Economics, 211–40.


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Editor : Marco MARINI
Editorial assistant: Christine DUSSART