Cooperatives and Local Development: Theory and Applications for the 21st Century

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Christopher D. Merrett, Norman Walzer
M.E. Sharpe, 2004 - Business & Economics - 330 pages
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The cooperative business form has gained widespread respect in value-added agriculture as a way for producers to retain ownership of the produce as it moves through the supply chain. The cooperative model is also being extended to public services in sparsely populated rural areas that otherwise would be without these services. Cooperative business forms are beoming a major tool in local development, and they are being used in innovative ways to serve rural constitutents.

This authoritative work identifies and explains many of the issues involved in creating and managing cooperative business efforts. Leading scholars trace the history of cooperatives, describe various approaches involved, and examine the effects that cooperatives can have on local development. Written for the student, researchers, and policy maker, this unique volume provides groundbreaking in-depth research findings on the broad spectrum of issues facing the creation and management of cooperatives, including information on the new cooperative law.

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CHRISTOPHER D. MERRETT is an Assistant Professor of Geography in the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University.

NORMAN WALZER is Professor of Economics and Director of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University. He is the editor or coeditor of the following titles: "Rural Health Care" (Praeger, 1992), "Rural Community Economic Development" (Praeger, 1991), and "Financing Rural Health Care" (Praeger, 1988).

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