Worker-owned-and-governed co-operatives and the wider co-operative movement

Challenges and opportunities within and beyond the global economic crisis

Authored by: Tom Webb , George Cheney

The Routledge Companion to Alternative Organization

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415782265
eBook ISBN: 9780203725351
Adobe ISBN: 9781135005399


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The Great Recession that began with the burst of the housing bubble in the US in 2007 and spread to the markets of much of the world was in certain ways a tipping point: it gave legitimacy to discussions about the growing instability and long-term problems of transnational, free-market capitalism. The Great Recession also underscored another phenomenon: a large and slowly growing part of the economy, co-operatives, including worker-owned-and-governed ones, in some places out-performed the public or private investor-owned business model (Birchall and Ketilson, 2009).

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