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Cooperation among Cooperatives in Italian and Comparative Law


  • Antonio Fici

    () (University of Molise)


A study of a cooperative as an isolated economic unit, with no relations with other cooperatives, would provide only an incomplete and inaccurate picture of its full scope. In fact, from their emergence, cooperatives have developed economic and socio-political forms of inter-cooperative integration, which have enormously contributed to their success as a distinct legal form of enterprise. Therefore, not surprisingly, the International Cooperative Alliance as decided to consider “cooperation among cooperatives” as a specific principle of cooperative identity. The main objective of this article is to ascertain whether, how and to what extent cooperative law has implemented this principle. The comparative legal analysis will begin with Italian law, which constitutes an excellent example of how cooperative law can be shaped to favour the development of both individual cooperatives and a big and active cooperative movement, and which helps to build an adequate conceptual framework to deal with the subject of inter-cooperation.

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  • Antonio Fici, 2015. "Cooperation among Cooperatives in Italian and Comparative Law," Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity, European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises, vol. 4(2), pages 64-97, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:trn:csnjrn:v:4:i:2:p:64-97

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    1. Stefano Zamagni & Vera Zamagni, 2010. "Cooperative Enterprise," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 13842.
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    1. Musson, Anne & Rousselière, Damien, 2018. "Exploring the effect of crisis on cooperatives: A Bayesian performance analysis of French craftsmen cooperatives," Working Papers 279350, Institut National de la recherche Agronomique (INRA), Departement Sciences Sociales, Agriculture et Alimentation, Espace et Environnement (SAE2).

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    cooperatives; inter-cooperation; secondary cooperatives; cooperative groups; comparative law;

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    • K22 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Business and Securities Law


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