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The Belgian co-operative model : elements of succes and failure

Geert Van Goethem UGent (2017) A global history of consumer co-operation since 1850. In Movements and Business p.78-98
abstract
Europe has a long tradition of consumer co-operatives and historians have mainly focused on the success stories, as they often tend to do. This chapter assesses initiatives that proved successful as well as unsuccessful in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium in the period 1875-1914. It analyses the Ghent Vooruit co-operative, one of the most outstanding examples of a successful project, even by European standards , while contrasting it with De Werker(The Worker), an Antwerp co-operative which hardly managed to survive, and De Zon(The Sun) in the provincial town of Zele. The latter went bankrupt in 1903. Are there any lessons to be learned from these examples? And are they equally valid in other cases? In other words, is it possible to suggest some factors which contribute to the success or failure of consumer co-operatives in general?
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bookChapter
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subject
keyword
Belgium, Ghent, Antwerp, Rochdale, Belgian Workers Party, Social Democracy, Catholicism, Liberalism
book title
A global history of consumer co-operation since 1850
editor
Mary Hilson, Silke Neunsinger and Greg Patmore
series title
Movements and Business
pages
78 - 98
publisher
Brill
place of publication
Leiden
ISBN
9789004336544
9789004336551
DOI
10.1163/9789004336551_006
language
English
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yes
classification
B2
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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8526640
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-8526640
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2017-07-07 08:53:01
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2017-07-13 07:15:40
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  author       = {Van Goethem, Geert},
  booktitle    = {A global history of consumer co-operation since 1850},
  editor       = {Hilson, Mary and Neunsinger, Silke  and Patmore, Greg },
  isbn         = {9789004336544},
  keyword      = {Belgium,Ghent,Antwerp,Rochdale,Belgian Workers Party,Social Democracy,Catholicism,Liberalism},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {78--98},
  publisher    = {Brill},
  series       = {Movements and Business},
  title        = {The Belgian co-operative model : elements of succes and failure},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004336551\_006},
  year         = {2017},
}

Chicago
Van Goethem, Geert. 2017. “The Belgian Co-operative Model : Elements of Succes and Failure.” In A Global History of Consumer Co-operation Since 1850, ed. Mary Hilson, Silke Neunsinger, and Greg Patmore, 78–98. Leiden: Brill.
APA
Van Goethem, Geert. (2017). The Belgian co-operative model : elements of succes and failure. In M. Hilson, S. Neunsinger, & G. Patmore (Eds.), A global history of consumer co-operation since 1850 (pp. 78–98). Leiden: Brill.
Vancouver
1.
Van Goethem G. The Belgian co-operative model : elements of succes and failure. In: Hilson M, Neunsinger S, Patmore G, editors. A global history of consumer co-operation since 1850. Leiden: Brill; 2017. p. 78–98.
MLA
Van Goethem, Geert. “The Belgian Co-operative Model : Elements of Succes and Failure.” A Global History of Consumer Co-operation Since 1850. Ed. Mary Hilson, Silke Neunsinger, & Greg Patmore. Leiden: Brill, 2017. 78–98. Print.