Special Issue edited by Marcelo Vieta (University of Toronto) and Doug Lionais (Cape Breton University).
Cooperatives are diverse organizations that efficaciously address a plurality of socioeconomic needs and do so in democratic and sustainable ways. Rooted in the unique principles and values that distinguish them from other business types, cooperatives, in a nutshell, embody what has been called “the cooperative advantage”. This special issue highlights the myriad roles that cooperatives can and do have in protecting and developing communities, as well as the possible tensions and challenges that emerge in the process. Including seven articles from established and upcoming cooperative studies scholars, the special issue critically assesses diverse experiences of cooperatives deployed for community development. Via papers engaged in case study approaches, political economy perspectives, critical historical research, and qualitative and quantitative methods, this special issue of JEOD critically reflects on and contributes to understanding the role of cooperatives in grounding bottom-up and locally based community development.
Papers available at: http://www.jeodonline.com/