The Co-Operative Model in Practice: International Perspectives

Diarmuid Padraig McDonnell, Elizabeth Chalmers Macknight

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This timely collection of essays draws together the research of fourteen international scholars to examine how the co-operative business model functions in practice within diverse cultural and social contexts. It includes case studies of co-operatives and credit unions operating in different national settings across Britain and Ireland, continental Europe, Australasia and the Americas. Together the essays show how the concept of democratic co-operation, applied to enterprise in commercial markets, developed into the basis of a truly global movement.

The Co-operative Model in Practice will be of interest to students and scholars in economics, business studies, sustainable development, history, and organisational theory and behaviour. It also serves as a valuable resource for policy-makers seeking alternative models for organising enterprise and society.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages142
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSSRN Electronic Journal
PublisherElsevier Inc.
ISSN (Print)1556-5068


  • co-operatives
  • cooperatives
  • co-operative enterprise
  • cooperative enterprise
  • employee ownership
  • credit unions


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