Co-operatives

Level: beginner
Ann-Christin Abbenhaus; Nadia Johanisova; Ruben Suriñach Padilla; Philippa Parry | Degrowth Audiobook, 2016
Co-operatives
Perspective: Ecological Economics
Topic: (de)growth, social movements & transformation
Format: podcast
Duration: 00:10:35
Link: https://degrowthaudiobook.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/49-co-operatives/

The podcast exposes the concept and principles of co-operatives and the three main types of co-operatives: the consumer, credit and farmers buying and selling co-operatives. Furthermore, the history of the co-operative movement is presented. The authors draw the line from co-operatives to "degrowth" by arguing that these organisations discourage profit maximisation due to their ownership structure, their social purpose and their primacy of people over capital. The value of the members' co-operative share does not increase with the growth of a co-operative and it can not be used for speculation. Finally, the authors give examples for current co-operatives which empower (local) communities fostering social justice and environmentalism.


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