The Big Society, values and cooperation

Wilson, F. and MacLean, D. (2012) The Big Society, values and cooperation. Work, Employment and Society, 26(3), pp. 531-541. (doi: 10.1177/0950017012438572)

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

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wilson, Professor Fiona and MacLean, Professor Donald
Authors: Wilson, F., and MacLean, D.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Work, Employment and Society
ISSN (Online):1469-8722

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