Replete with case studies, Waking the Asian Pacific Cooperative Potential applies a novel theoretical framework to aid in understanding meaningful change in cooperative firms, mutual firms, collectives, and communes, focusing in particular on the underexamined Asia Pacific region. It explores the common, albeit competing, objectives of transformational cooperatives that deliver a range of social benefits and corporative coops where the cooperative exhibits the characteristics of a competitive investor firm. The book provides examples of successful cooperatives in eleven countries across the Asia Pacific and reviews the theoretical framework of cooperatives, including issues pertaining to socio-economic, politico-legal, and domestic and international factors.
Waking the Asian Pacific Co-operative Potential provides early-career researchers and graduate students with a systematic resource of cooperatives in the Asia Pacific, highlighting core lessons from case studies regarding the ideal role of cooperatives in a modern economy and on the enabling factors of the role of the state, the market potential for scale-up, the mitigation of poverty, and civil society.
Publisher: Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
Number of pages: 412
Weight: 840 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"Much of the literature on co-operatives relies upon their experience in Europe and North America. This book is a welcome contrast that expands our knowledge to Asia. Written by well-informed researchers, this volume broadens our understanding and provides new insights into the co-operative form of organization. I strongly recommend this book both to the co-operative community and to those looking for new ideas to re-invigorate the workplace." - John Pencavel
"In every country, co-operatives have their own unique history, having evolved under different institutional frameworks. The resulting complexity is not easy to untangle, yet it is only by systematic comparison between countries that we can learn what factors make for success, identify best practice and engage in that most vital activity - mutual learning. That is what makes this book so important; it takes a whole world region and enables the experts on each type of cooperative, in each country, to present case studies that make systematic comparison possible. The result will be to waken the 'cooperative potential' on which the livelihoods of so many low income people will depend." - Johnston Birchall