Cooperatives’ Concern for the Community: From Members Towards Local Communities’ Interests

19 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2013

Date Written: January 3, 2013

Abstract

This paper discusses the relationship between co-operatives and their communities, one of the standard ways in which the 'co-operative difference' is explained. What are the origins of this special relationship? Why and how did it receive so much attention during the 1990s, when the international co-operative movement undertook a large and sustained effort to articulate its basic values and principles? How does the theme of 'community responsibility' relate to underlying notions of membership? What kinds of issues are raised when co-operatives seek to address community issues?

Keywords: co-operatives, community, membership, 1995 Manchester Congress of the International Co-operative Alliance, co-operative history

JEL Classification: P13, A13, D02

Suggested Citation

MacPherson, Ian, Cooperatives’ Concern for the Community: From Members Towards Local Communities’ Interests (January 3, 2013). Euricse Working Paper No. 46/13, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2196031 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2196031

Ian MacPherson (Contact Author)

University of Victoria ( email )

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Victoria, British Columbia V8P 5C2
Canada

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