Co-operatives and the Social Economy

The Co-operatives Secretariat, Government of Canada,

Year: 2004

Communities Under Pressure: the Role of Co-operatives and the Social Economy brought together policy makers, researchers, and prac- titioners to explore the experiences of an important component of the social economy. The goal: to inform the development of new responses by organizations and governments to the challenges communities face as a result of globalization.

The event was co-sponsored by the Policy Research Initiative (PRI), Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC), the Co-operatives Secretariat of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), and the interdisciplinary research team, “Co-operative Membership and Globalization: Creating Social Cohesion through Market Relations.” The team is administered at the University of Saskatchewan and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

This synthesis report is based on the presentations and summaries provided by speakers and the discussions of the day. It identifies research findings and suggests policy implications and questions for future research.

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