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Participation in Worker Cooperatives

  • Marcelo Vieta
  • Jack Quarter
  • Roger Spear
  • Alexandra Moskovskaya

Abstract

This chapter discusses different models of worker cooperatives ranging from those that are predominantly economic associations, or a form of employee ownership, to those that are more collectivist and emphasize workplace democracy, community commitment, and cooperative ideals. Worker cooperatives that focus upon employee ownership are primarily a variation of a business corporation; worker cooperatives with a more collectivist orientation are primarily a form of cooperative, but with members who are employees rather than consumers of a service or primary producers such as farmers. More recently, hybrid arrangements have been created that integrate a worker cooperative within a business corporation and a cooperative, a multi-stakeholder cooperative or social cooperative. Takeovers of abandoned investor-owned businesses resulting in worker cooperatives are a growing phenomenon in South America.

At first glance, it may seem odd to include a chapter about worker cooperatives within a Handbook on Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations, but there are commonalities.

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Social Enterprise Work Cooperative Social Cooperative Business Corporation Employee Stock Option 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcelo Vieta
    • 1
  • Jack Quarter
    • 2
  • Roger Spear
    • 3
  • Alexandra Moskovskaya
    • 4
  1. 1.Argentina
  2. 2.Canada
  3. 3.UK
  4. 4.Russia

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