The Hidden Alternative

Co-operative Values, Past, Present and Future

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In light of the recent global economic recession, this publication seeks to challenge the hegemony of the investor led business model in economics and business studies, and needs to be promoted in relation to these debates. The contributions to this book demonstrate that co-operation offers a real and much needed alternative for the organisation of human economic and social affairs, one that should establish its place at the forefront of public and academic discussion and policy making. It includes chapters on education, fair trade, politics and governance, planning, and sustainability and on how co-operatives have coped with the global economic crisis.



‘A co-operative of intellectuals’: The encounter between co-operative values and urban planning. An Italian case-study

Caire-Co-operative of Architects and Engineers in Reggio Emilia is a highly original co-operative institution – unique in its kind in Italy and we believe abroad as well; it may be said to have been born in the classrooms of the Milan Polytechnic. Some of its students after graduation came together in a co-operative for the study of urban planning, development plans, road works, etc.; in a short time it was able to establish its presence and reputation thanks to its fruitful activity in the field of social housing.


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