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.



The hidden alternative?

The proclamation by the UN of 2012 as the International Year of Co-operatives represents a milestone in the history of the international co-operative movement. It marks an important recognition within the international community of the role of co-operatives in promoting the ‘fullest possible participation in the economic and social development of all people’, including women and peoples of all ages, creeds, ethnicities and disabilities.


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