La Cooperazione in Italia Nel 2008 (Cooperation in Italy in 2008)
21 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2012
Date Written: February 1, 2012
Despite the growing interest in cooperative enterprise, our knowledge of the real economic, social, and employment size of the cooperative movement, both internationally and within individual countries, is scarce and fragmentary. In Italy over the years, a number of public bodies, institutions, and organisations (e.g., ISTAT, Confcooperative, Legacoop, and Unioncamere) have examined the nature of the cooperative movement. However, in most cases, these studies have referred to specific contexts, to particular types, or to limited samples of cooperative companies. In order to progress, first of all, we must quantify with reasonable accuracy the total size of the phenomenon and the ability of cooperatives to create wealth and employment. Secondly, we must monitor their evolution. At the moment, there are no analyses that can do this.
In this light, this study aims to provide a framework for the analysis of cooperation in Italy in 2008, highlighting the economic and employment dimensions of the phenomenon. This is part of a wider research project led by the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (EURICSE) that involves the development of an observatory on cooperation and aims to analyze the role of cooperation in Italy.
The English version can be found at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2103545
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Keywords: Cooperatives, Local development, Employment, Italy, Economic performance
JEL Classification: J21, L31, M41
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