Controlling consumption

A comparative history of Rochdale consumer co-operatives in Australia and the United States

Greg Patmore, Nikola Balnave

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on Rochdale consumer cooperatives, which date back to 1844, when a group of “pioneers,” dominated by skilled and supervisory trades, in Rochdale, England, started the movement to combat low wages, high prices, and poor-quality food. The principles for the Rochdale cooperatives included the provision of capital by members at a fixed rate of interest; cash purchases only and no credit; a dividend on purchases, or divvy, based on profits to be divided among members in proportion to the amount of purchases; and management based
on democratic principles—one member, one vote rather than one vote, one share.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrontiers of labor
Subtitle of host publicationcomparative histories of the United States and Australia
EditorsGreg Patmore, Shelton Stromquist
Place of PublicationUrbana
PublisherUniversity of Illinois
Chapter13
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780252050503
ISBN (Print)9780252083457, 9780252041835
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameWorking class in American history

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