WP 37 | 12 Cooperation in times of crisis

Publication date: 18 March 2012
Research areas: Economic theory
Publication categories: Working papers
Tags: cooperatives, cooperative

In recent decades our societies have been guided by the belief that only the large capital enterprise deserved consideration, and traditional (for-profit) enterprise has emerged as the dominant business model in the global economic paradigm. From this approach, other forms of enterprise, including cooperative enterprise, have been confined to playing an entirely marginal role that is destined to disappear. Reality today, on the contrary, is showing that pluralism of forms of enterprise is the way forward in addressing the deep crisis in the global economy, and cooperatives are a fundamental part of this pluralism.

The paper is available also in Spanish: El cooperativismo en tiempos de crisis