WP 02 | 09 Italian Co-operative Law Reform and Co-operative Principles

Publication date: 18 March 2009
Research areas: Legal framework
Publication categories: Working papers
Tags: cooperatives, membership, democratic participation, mutuals, cooperative

This paper presents the principal characteristics of the new Italian co-operative law and seeks to evaluate the relationship of some of its main provisions to traditional co-operative principles. Using the Italian reforms as a starting point for debate, this paper puts forth the possibility of generalising a modified approach to co-operative regulation and principles, taking into account efficiency issues, while preserving the co-operative identity.

Paper presented at the symposium “Co-operatives, legislation and public policy” (Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada, 19-21 June 2009)