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New Co-operatives in China: An Indigenous Model of Social Enterprises

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  • Li Zhao


    (HIVA, Catholic University of Leuven)

  • Patrick Develtere


    (HIVA, Catholic University of Leuven)

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    This paper aims to fill the academic gaps in the study of the new co-operative movement in China and its innovative mechanisms, and to get a more comprehensive idea of new co-operatives operating as home-grown Chinese social enterprises, by exploring the dynamic process of co-operative practice and social innovation in rural China. As an alternative to the popularly ideal-co-operative perspective, the paper develops a conceptual model from the perspective of a real-type co-operative concept, by employing a historical neo-institutional perspective combined with power-and-resource-related theory. Using this model it shows how institutional legacies from the past as well as resources and environments in the present can influence and shape co-operative development in rural China. By providing a consistent, systematic analysis with an emphasis on the bottom-up institutional innovation process, the paper helps to explain some of the conceptual and practical difficulties that hamper the understanding of new co-operative development in China.

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    Paper provided by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, HIVA, Cera Centre for Co-operative Entrepreneurship in its series Working Papers on Social and Co-operative Entrepreneurship with number 1001.

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    Length: 32 pages
    Date of creation: Jan 2010
    Handle: RePEc:hva:wpssce:1001
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