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Co-operatives Research Group

Consumer Co-operatives in Australia, the USA and China: Reflections on the Global History of Consumer Co-operation Project

Dr. Nikola Balnave (Management and Marketing, Macquarie University); Dr. Kay-Wah Chan (Accounting and Corporate Governance, Macquarie University); Mary Ip (School of Taxation and Business Law, UNSW Business School); Emeritus Professor Greg Patmore (Work and Organisational Studies, The University of Sydney Business School),

20th Oct 2017  12:00 pm - 02:00 pm Rm 4150, Level 4 Abercrombie Building (H70)

With contributions from over 30 scholars, A Global History of Consumer Co-operation project, the findings of which have recently been published in an edited book by Brill (A Global History of Consumer Co-operation since 1850), surveys the origins and development of the consumer co-operative movement from the mid-nineteenth century until the present day. The contributions, covering the history of co-operation in different national contexts in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australasia, illustrate the wide variety of forms that consumer co-operatives have taken; the different political, economic and social contexts in which they have operated; the ideological influences on their development; and the reasons for their expansion and decline at different times. The project also explored the connections between co-operatives in different parts of the world, challenging assumptions that the story of global co-operation can be traced exclusively to the 1844 Rochdale Co-operative Society.

The seminar brings together the Australian contributors to the project who will reflect on the project and discuss specific findings regarding Australia, the US and China:

Light lunch will be served so please advise of any dietary requirements.


Registrations close 18 October 2017.