University of Malta

Cooperative ways of working : towards a Mediterranean research project

 

Cooperative enterprises are guided by both economic and social principles. Like other firms, they operate in a free market economy and, in order to compete successfully they have to meet the normal commercial criteria of productive efficiency and financial viability. According to Maltese law, a cooperative is an enterprise whose primary aim is that of promoting the 'economic interests' of its members in accordance with certain 'cooperative principles'. These principles are celebrating their 150th anniversary this year: They were originally enunciated by the Rochdale Pioneers (in 1844) and subsequently adopted, with minor amendments, by many other countries, as well as by the International Cooperative Alliance. (Extract from the Foreword to this book)

Edited by
Godfrey Baldacchino
Saviour Rizzo
Edward L. Zammit

Published and produced in 1994 by Workers' Participation Development Centre

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  • Lucas, Antonio (Workers' Participation Development Centre, 1994)
    Among the multiple experiences of cooperativism, there is one in Spain that is especially recognised as unique or unusual: That of the Mondragon Cooperative Group which is a really paradigmatic example of successful ...
  • Nicolaou-Smokoviti, Litsa (Workers' Participation Development Centre, 1994)
    Cooperatives have a long history in modern Greece (Sanders, 1962). Greek law is special here insofar as the state maintains a strong presence in cooperative matters, because the cooperative movement was always considered ...
  • Munkner, Hans H. (Workers' Participation Development Centre, 1994)
    First of all, thank you for inviting me to Malta and giving me the chance to come back where I worked some years ago in the drafting of cooperative legislation. It is always a good feeling after having been instrumental ...
  • Muralt, Jurgen von (Workers' Participation Development Centre, 1994)
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  • Theophanous, Andreas (Workers' Participation Development Centre, 1994)
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  • Jones, Michael (Workers' Participation Development Centre, 1994)
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  • Azzopardi, Joe; Borg, Lucienne; Catania, Lorraine; Delia, Diane; Magro, Dunstan (Workers' Participation Development Centre, 1994)
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  • Mellor, Mary (Workers' Participation Development Centre, 1994)
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  • Baldacchino, Godfrey (Workers' Participation Development Centre, 1994)
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  • Unknown author (Workers' Participation Development Centre, 1994)
    The Mediterranean Office of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung based in Malta, has granted generous financial assistance to this project by funding the 1993 seminar and the publication of this volume. The FES has been collaborating ...
  • Zammit, Edward L. (Workers' Participation Development Centre, 1994)
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  • Ullrich, Gabriele (Workers' Participation Development Centre, 1994)
    I have tried to put together some points which might highlight for you the 75 year old tradition of the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) promotion of cooperatives while, at the same, looking into the history ...
  • Comforth, Chris (Workers' Participation Development Centre, 1994)
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  • Rizzo, Saviour (Workers' Participation Development Centre, 1994)
    The hi story of cooperatives is generally replete with references to the role played by support agencies in the promotion and development of the cooperative movement. The promotional exercise is very often directed at ...
  • Vianello, Mino (Workers' Participation Development Centre, 1994)
    A cynical remark often made about Italian society is that there seem to be few institutions which work efficiently in Italy. Such and similar comments proposing that Italy 'enjoys' a culture of organisational inefficiency ...

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