Why More People Don’t Start Cooperatives: Economic Reasons

Often articles about worker cooperatives paint an overly rosy picture. This article shows why more people, for economic reasons, don’t join cooperatives. It describes differences between the accounting practices of non-cooperatives and cooperatives and shows how there are inconsistencies in the principles of cooperatives which add to their problems and hinder their proliferation.

Read in Grassroots Economic Organizing

Author Mike Leung (2016). How Traditional Accounting Hinders Worker Co-op Start-Ups. Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO). http://geo.coop/story/how-traditional-accounting-hinders-worker-co-op-start-ups

About Bruce Lerro

Bruce Lerro has taught for 25 years as an adjunct college professor of psychology at Golden Gate University, Dominican University and Diablo Valley College. He has applied a Vygotskian socio-historical perspective to his five books: "From Earth-Spirits to Sky-Gods: the Socio-ecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning", "Power in Eden: The Emergence of Gender Hierarchies in the Ancient World" (co-authored with Christopher Chase-Dunn), "Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present", "Lucifer's Labyrinth: Individualism, Hyper-Abstract Thinking and the Process of Becoming Civilized", and "The Magickal Enchantment of Materialism: Why Marxists Need Neopaganism". He is also a representational artist specializing in pen-and-ink drawings. Bruce is a libertarian communist and lives in Olympia, WA.

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