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Mainstreaming Co-OperationAn Alternative for the Twenty-First Century?$
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Anthony Webster, Linda Shaw, Rachael Vorberg-Rugh, and Rachael Vorberg-Rugh

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099595

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099595.001.0001

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Learning to swim against the tide: crises and co-operative credibility – some international and historical examples

Learning to swim against the tide: crises and co-operative credibility – some international and historical examples

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Mainstreaming Co-Operation
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Anthony Webster

Linda Shaw

Rachael Vorberg-Rugh

John F. Wilson

Ian Snaith

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719099595.003.0016

This chapter is concerned with how co-operatives cope with arguably the greatest threat to staking a claim to the economic mainstream: the crises which emerge from time to time within co-operatives and events which threaten to undermine the credibility of co-operation as a viable economic, business and social model. Its’ main focus is on the recent crisis of The Co-operative Group in Britain and its historical roots since the 1950s, but also draws on the postwar experiences of several European co-operative movements.

Keywords:   Co-operative movement (UK & Europe), The Co-operative Group, Co-operative Wholesale Society, Crises, Retailing, Consumers, Governance, Membership, Co-operative identity, UK, Europe

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