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The Cooperative Movement

Globalization from Below, 1st Edition

By Richard C. Williams

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252 pages

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Richard Williams surveys the history of the cooperative movement from its origins in the 18th century and deals with the theory of cooperation, as contrasted with the 'Standard Economic Model', based on competition. The book contains the results of field studies of a number of successful cooperatives both in the developed and developing world. It includes insights from personal interviews of cooperative members and concludes by considering the successes and challenges of the cooperative movement as an alternative to the global neo-colonialism and imperialism that now characterizes free-market capitalist approaches to globalization. The book considers democratic and local control of essential economic activities such as the production, distribution, and retailing of goods and services. It suggests that cooperative approaches to these economic activities are already reducing poverty and resulting in equitable distributions of wealth and income without plundering the resources of developing countries.

Reviews

'This book, just begging to be written, is destined to be the classic that corrects the record. With its incisive analysis, it has convinced me that an elitist system has imposed a faulty view of cooperatives upon us.' J.W. Smith, Institute for Economic Democracy, USA

About the Author

Richard C. Williams is from the School of Professional Studies, Regis University, USA.

About the Series

Corporate Social Responsibility Series

Corporate Social Responsibility Series
This series aims to provide high quality research books on all aspects of corporate social responsibility including: business ethics, corporate governance and accountability, globalization, civil protests, regulation, responsible marketing and social reporting. The series is interdisciplinary in scope and global in application and is an essential forum for everyone with an interest in this area.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS069000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General