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Whitfield, J. (2019). The active co-operator. Journal of Co-operative Studies, 52(3), pp. 26-30. (Originally published in 1968).

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This and the following article (Rose) focus on aspects that continue to exercise researchers and co-operators internationally. They appeared in the Society for Co-operative Studies Bulletin in 1968 and 1970 and focus on local and general retail societies. The ‘Active Co-operator’ reports on research undertaken in Staffordshire, UK and looks at the reasons why individuals join a retail co-operative and their engagement with co-operative philosophy and principles. The active co‑operators referred to are “committee members, directors, delegates to regional and national bodies, and the leading enthusiasts of the auxiliaries” seen as key components of co-operative democracy. The second paper, “Guidelines of member participation” — brings in a wider consumer focus. Both are of their time but with contemporary resonance.

Keywords: co-operator; engagement; member participation

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