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Co-operative Banking Networks in Europe

Models and Performance


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Federica Poli
    Pages 97-145
  3. Federica Poli
    Pages 147-192
  4. Federica Poli
    Pages 193-252
  5. Federica Poli
    Pages 253-294
  6. Federica Poli
    Pages 295-346
  7. Federica Poli
    Pages 347-378
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 405-408

About this book


Over the past 20 years, the increased dominance in banking of the shareholder ownership model, whose main purpose is to maximize financial returns for shareholders, has proved to be a toxic combination with the financial deregulation the sector has undergone, the creation of new financial instruments and the concomitant rising levels of debt. Despite the growing role of private limited-liability banks around the world, co-operative banking still offers a compelling alternative, especially in Europe where the roots of co-operative institutions date back to the nineteenth century.

This book studies the characteristics of different co-operative banking models of networks across several European countries to assess their impact on the profitability and resilience of the networks and their co-operative components. To date, empirical studies have neglected to examine the features of the networks to which co-operative banks belong. Surprisingly, there is little evidence on the extent to which the diverse organizational network structures determine differences in the profits and stability of  individual banks and their networks across different countries. The principal objective of this book is to fill this gap in the literature. The European countries considered are Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. In these countries, co-operative banks constitute a significant presence although the organizational forms their networks take are quite different. Focusing on this sample of European countries therefore affords insights and reveals policy implications about the role that network organizations play in driving the performances of co-operative banks, which will be of interest to academics, researchers, and students of banking and financial institutions.


co-operative banks financial co-operatives bank business model bank performance European banking the Austrian banking system the Dutch co-operative banking system the Finnish co-operative banking system the French co-operative banking system the German co-operative banking system the Italian co-operative banking system

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Università Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanoItaly

About the authors

Federica Poli is an Associate Professor of Banking and Finance at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy, where she is Director of the undergraduate degree in Service Management and of the MA in International Trade Management. She is the author of publications in national and international academic journals and books on the topic of bank management and financial intermediation.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Co-operative Banking Networks in Europe
  • Book Subtitle Models and Performance
  • Authors Federica Poli
  • Series Title Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Banking and Financial Institutions
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Banking and Financial Institutions
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-21698-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-21701-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-21699-3
  • Series ISSN 2523-336X
  • Series E-ISSN 2523-3378
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 408
  • Number of Illustrations 10 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Banking
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