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Credit Cooperative Institutions in European Countries

  • Simeon Karafolas

Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Credit Cooperative Systems in Western Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Johann Brazda, Holger Blisse, Robert Schediwy
      Pages 3-18
    3. Akis Kleanthous, Athanasios Hadjimanolis
      Pages 19-41
    4. Panu Kalmi
      Pages 43-54
    5. Nadine Richez-Battesti, Gérard Leseul
      Pages 55-81
    6. Simeon Karafolas
      Pages 111-126
    7. Olive McCarthy, Sharon Farrell, David Hewson
      Pages 127-147
    8. Ivana Catturani, Maria Lucia Stefani
      Pages 149-167
    9. Paula Cabo, João Rebelo
      Pages 191-211
    10. Gemma Fajardo-García, Francisco Soler-Tormo
      Pages 213-232
  3. Credit Cooperative Systems in Eastern Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Matteo Cotugno, Valeria Stefanelli
      Pages 253-268
    3. Magdalena Hunčová, Martin Mikeska
      Pages 269-282
    4. Andro Roos, John Õun
      Pages 283-290
    5. Tatjana Mavrenko
      Pages 309-326

About this book


This book offers a comparative analysis of credit cooperative systems across 23 European countries. Cooperative banking has an important place in the financial, economic and social life of most European countries, and while cooperative banks, credit mutuals, credit cooperatives and credit unions share the spirit of cooperation and mutuality, they often have very different features, history and development. The book examines the evolution and current model of each credit cooperative system, its importance for the national and local banking markets, as well as the impact of the financial crisis on cooperative banking, and also presents the sharp contrasts between these systems throughout the EU. It is of significant scientific and practical interest and enables policymakers, practitioners and academics at European and national levels to deepen their understanding of the evolution of the system and its governance.


Credit cooperative system Credit union Cooperative banks Europe Banks

Editors and affiliations

  • Simeon Karafolas
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Applied SciencesWestern MacedoniaKozaniGreece

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