A global history of co-operative business

Greg Patmore, Nikola Balnave

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Co-operatives provide a different approach to organizing business through their ideals of member ownership and democratic practice. Every co-operative member has an equal vote regardless of his or her own personal capital investment. The contemporary significance of co-operatives was highlighted by the United Nations declaration of 2012 as the International Year of Co-operatives. This book provides an international perspective on the development of co-operatives since the mid-nineteenth century, exploring the economic, political, and social factors that explain their varying fortunes and transformation into different forms. By looking at what co-operatives are; how they have changed; the developments as well as the persecutions of the co-operative movement; and how it is an important force in promoting development and self-sufficiency in non-industrialized areas, this book provides valuable insight not only to academics, but also to practitioners and policy makers.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages248
ISBN (Electronic)9781315638164
ISBN (Print)9781138191488, 9781138191495
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Consumer cooperatives
  • Consumer cooperatives -- History Business enterprises


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