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.



Resting on laurels? Examining the resilience of co-operative values in times of calm and crisis

This chapter responds in part to the economic and financial crises, which we are currently experiencing in the UK and indeed internationally. While this chapter does not focus on the reasons leading to the crises themselves, these events have resulted in – and provide a context for examination of – renewed interest in mutual models of business and service delivery as trust in our financial institutions, public and government agencies, and politicians has been shaken. This interest has been accompanied by re-positioning around principles and values whereby ‘cooperatives everywhere are rediscovering their core values as member-owned businesses, and are making these part of their business strategy’.


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