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The Big Society, values and co-operation

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  • Fiona Wilson
  • Donald MacLean
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    In a context of government promotion of co-operatives, a growth in the co-operative economy, and in times when use of the term ‘co-operative’ appears to have broadened to include any form of employee ownership, this article sets out a research agenda for exploring producer co-operatives, focusing on what co-operation means to those who work in them. Based on exploratory research in three producer co-operatives, the article argues that the values and principles are being used so liberally that co-operatives have a very wide appeal, making co-operation attractive to a wide spectrum of political ideals and values – perhaps surprisingly, those associated with individualism alongside those of co-operation.

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    Article provided by British Sociological Association in its journal Work, Employment & Society.

    Volume (Year): 26 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 3 (June)
    Pages: 531-541

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    Handle: RePEc:sae:woemps:v:26:y:2012:i:3:p:531-541
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