Editorial - James Bell, pp. 157-158
Table of Contents - 103

Rural Co-operation - Plunkett Foundation

Participation model in the workers' co-operatives of Andalusia, Spain.

Antonio J. Romero, pp. 159-172

Workers' co-operatives are based on a holistic conception of the productive process. As a result, the quality of the democratic systems of a co-operative organisation is highly dependent on the existing psychosocial and economic system. In periods of economic crisis, when co-operatives tend to proliferate, they encounter more internal problems in terms of their organisation, training and material resources. An understanding of the human profile behind workers' co-operatives in Andalusia is therefore crucial in any analysis of the psychosocial-economic dynamics of these organisations, and the relatively high rate of failure among them.

Romero, 2001

Short articles

Distributions, and what it means to be a co-operative

Cliff Mills, pp. 173-181

This short articles looks at the payment of distributions and the difference between for-profit companies and co-operatives.

Mills, 2001

Crisis on the railways: An opportunity for co-operation

Paul Salveson, pp. 182-187.

This short paper focuses on Railtrack going into adminstration and asks the question of applying co-operative principles to some as[ects of railway operations and infrastructure ownership.

Salveson, 2001

Peer reviewed papers

Do co-operatives differ from mutual non-profits? A social economy perspective.

Jack Quarter and Jorge Sousa, pp. 188-197

This paper argues that non-profits serving a membership (that is, mutual non-profits) are similar to co-operatives, particularly co-operatives without shares, and they should not be viewed as a distinct organisation type. Two types of evidence are considered: first, the evidence from a previously published study is reviewed. That study indicates that mutual non-profits and co-operatives (particularly, co-operatives without shares) have a strikingly similar pattern of scores on five dependent measures (social objectives; volunteer participation; democratic decision-making; government dependence; and market reliance) derived from the social economy framework. The second type of evidence is a comparison between these two organisation types using the co-operative principles. Again, very little difference is found. The study concludes by reconceptualising the relationship between co-operatives and mutual non-profits within a social economy framework.

Quarter & Sousa, 2001

Opportunities and challenges in comunications for Irish credit unions.

Olive McCarthy and Michael Ward, pp. 198-210.

Effective communication is one critical key to the success of a co-operative. It gives life to the co-operative and is crucial in decision-making. Communication is also a vital marketing tool and is essential for continued growth and development. Despite its importance, the issue of communication is often viewed as a throw-away subject, a process that is much neglected and often allowed to take care of itself. Yet there are few co-operatives that do not complain of poor communications; few co-operative members and personnel who feel fully informed about issues relating to the co-operative that affect them. The communications process is a complex one and one that must be nurtured and cultivated. Developing an effective system of communications in co-operatives for the future has particular relevance in securing more active member participation and commitment, and in reminding key stakeholders of the unique character of the co-operative message. Fully embracing communications technology is essential. This article addresses the issue of communications in Irish credit unions, exploring some of the findings of a recent comprehensive study of the issue. It also examines the current status of credit union communications, delves into the opportunities and challenges and suggests possible improvements for the future.

McCarthy & Ward, 2001

Society for Co-operative Studies

Report of conference 2001

Iain Williamson, pp. 211-216

This report first appeared in Co-operative News (2001, October 6).

Williamson, 2001

Book reviews

Brentham: A history of the pioneer garden suburb, 1901-2001. By Aileen Reid.

Johnston Birchall, pp. 217-218.

Birchall, 2001
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