Founded in 1975, the Center for the Study of the State and Society, CEDES is an independent, pluralist and non-profit organization and its main activities are research, teaching, and technical assistance. Its mission is to carry out research in applied social sciences and to train researchers, always guided by quality standards and by a commitment to contribute to social debate; to the design, implementation and assessment of public policies; to the creation of regulatory frameworks; to the reinforcement of accountability; and to inform advocacy strategies of diverse stakeholders. Its vision is to foster economic and social development, to strengthen democracy, to advocate for human rights, social and gender equality, and to preserve the environment.

The funds that make CEDES possible come from its researchers’ contributions, from a Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation institutional grant, and from its Management, Monitoring and Evaluation Program revenues. The Center is organized as a cooperative in which researches commit to contribute a monthly individual overhead, the amount of which varies depending on their academic category. Senior Researchers afford the contribution corresponding to junior researchers and fellows.

The institution uses a hierarchy system to establish the academic ranks of its researchers. The Office of Academic Affairs and the Board of Researchers are responsible for the academic administration of CEDES. Currently, Mario Damill is the Executive Director, head of the Office of Academic Affairs.

CEDES is managed by a Board of Directors and its current members are: Roberto Frenkel   (President), Leonardo Stanley (Treasurer), and Martín Rapetti (Secretary). As established by the regulations for non-profit organizations in Argentina, the institution is governed by a statute and uses the accrual method for record-keeping. Its auditing authority is the General Inspectorate of Justice of the National Ministry of Justice.

In 2001 the Argentinean Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation acknowledged CEDES as Center of Excellence. Since 2007 it has been working as a Partner Unit to the National Scientific and Technical Research Council –CONICET (Resolution 2486/07). In 2007, it was certified as scientific and technological research center by the National Agency for Scientific and Technological Promotion (Resolution 054/08), certification which was renewed in 2009 (Resolution 281/09) and in 2012 (Resolution 037/12). At the international level, CEDES has been recognized as one of the most influential think-tanks in Argentina and Latin America in every edition of the Global Go To Think Tank Rankings elaborated by the Think Tank and Civil Society Program of the University of Pennsylvania.