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Cooperatives as a Community Development Strategy: Linking Theory and Practice


  • Zeuli, Kimberly A.
  • Radel, Jamie


The evolution of community development theory has not yet generated a parallel advancement in implementation strategies. In this paper we introduce a strategy—cooperative development—that compliments contemporary community development paradigms (self-help, asset-based, and self-development theories); thus providing communities and practitioners with an effective (and perhaps unfamiliar) vehicle for development. Although cooperative leaders, cooperative developers, and cooperative scholars consider cooperatives an important vehicle for community development, most have stopped short of prescribing how cooperatives can be incorporated into community development paradigms. Our objective is to motivate community development scholars and practitioners to start thinking about cooperatives in new ways, as part of their theory and strategies.

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  • Zeuli, Kimberly A. & Radel, Jamie, 2005. "Cooperatives as a Community Development Strategy: Linking Theory and Practice," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, vol. 35(1).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jrapmc:132302

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    1. Zeuli, Kimberly A. & Deller, Steven C., 2007. "Measuring the Local Economic Impact of Cooperatives," Journal of Rural Cooperation, Hebrew University, Center for Agricultural Economic Research, vol. 35(1).
    2. Élias Rizkallah & Inmaculada Buendía Martínez, 2011. "Corporate Social Responsibility in the Financial Sector: Are Financial Cooperatives Ready to the Challenge?," CIRIEC-España, revista de economía pública, social y cooperativa, CIRIEC-España, issue 73, pages 127-149, October.
    3. Christophe Boone & Serden Özcan, 2016. "Strategic Choices at Entry and Relative Survival Advantage of Cooperatives versus Corporations in the US Bio-Ethanol Industry, 1978-2015," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 53(7), pages 1113-1140, November.

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