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I am convinced that cooperativism will be the predominant form of human economic and perhaps even political organization in the future.  There may be other organizational innovations that could save civilization, but this is the only one I know of that already exists.

Anyone with more papers on this topic? As I said multiple times here, this seems to be a vastly under-studied area of economics. No wonder why?

It is obvious why mainstream corporations are threatened by cooperatives.  What is less obvious is why social democratic states do not do no more to encourage and promote the most social democratic form of capitalism.*  My impression is that cooperatives are succeeding, growing, multiplying primarily due to their own efforts.

Perhaps Chris Cook is right and the emergence of "open corporate" legal structures, such as the UK LLP, will become an express lane for cooperatives to becoming the most successful and indeed the standard form of enterprises, both those operating "for profit" and those operating "for the community".)

(By the way, thank you for awakening my interest in cooperatives with your diary last year, Capitalism That Works For All.)

*Or do they already?  I was not aware of how big the state's role in promoting solar energy in Germany, Japan, and the U.S. has been, so maybe the state has already played a big role in the promotion of cooperativism in some countries?  Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence and so forth.

Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.

by marco on Sat Feb 24th, 2007 at 09:47:35 AM EST

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