Cooperatives, Territories and Jobs: Twenty experiences of cooperatives active in industry and services across Europe

"The massive wealth and job destruction caused by the 2008 financial crisis has brought back the focus onto the real economy, job creation and territorial development in public agendas. There seems to be a rediscovery of the fact that employment, provided it is sustainable, is conducive to regional development. Cooperatives, precisely, have a special impact on employment and territorial development, and have proved to be particularly resilient to the crisis, due to their distinctive characteristics.  The book focuses on five different modalities by which cooperatives active in industry and services contribute to sustainable employment and regional development: their overall governance at the enterprise level; the successful cooperativisation of enterprises in crisis or without heir; the creation of workplaces for marginalized citizens; the delivery of social services that favour employment; and the building of horizontal groups among cooperatives."

A new, fairly expensive, book is available from CECOP