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1st Edition

The Cooperative Movement
Globalization from Below

ISBN 9780754670384
Published April 13, 2007 by Routledge
252 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Preface, George Cheney; Introduction: Part I History and Theory of Cooperation: History and theory of the cooperative movement; Comparing cooperation, competition, and individual effort; The standard economic model and globalization. Part II Cooperative Case Studies: Cooperation and microfinance in Southeast Asia and Oceania; The cooperative movement in India; MondragA^3n: the Basque cooperative experience; Cooperatives in Latin America; Puerto Rico's cooperative effort. Part III Analysis and Implications for the Future: What makes a cooperative work?; The blueprint: globalization from below; Appendices; Index.

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


'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