The co-operative firm. Keywords

Co-authors: Francesco Burchi, Alexander Borda-Rodriguez, Pasquale De Muro, Salvatore Monni, Andrea Bernardi

Abstract

In this book, structured as a dictionary, Sara Vicari contributed with three chapters:

E (Empowerment), by Francesco Burchi and Sara Vicari, explains how co-operatives can contribute to empowering and giving a voice to the poor and to other marginalised groups, being a means of collective human agency as individuals come together to pursue goals that they value and have reason to value. In particular they explore the potential of co-opera- tives to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality. To be read with D, G and U.

H (Human Development), by Pasquale De Muro, Salvatore Monni and Sara Vicari, explores co-operatives from the perspective of this new paradigm of development. As enterprises that put people and their active participation at the heart of their business, it is argued here that co-oper- atives are institutions well placed to foster human agency and capabilities. The factors needed to enable these outcomes are also investigated. This chapter could be read together with D, E, U and W.

R (resilience), by Alexander Borda-Rodriguez and Sara Vicari, explores the key factors found to be conducive to co-operative resilience, thus allowing co-operatives to overcome shocks and crises. Their analysis draws largely on developing countries, particularly on case study manterial from Malawi and Uganda. It could be coupled with letters D, E, U and W.

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