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Title: Why poor people don't cooperate? a study of traditional forms of cooperation with implications for modern organizations
Authors: Gupta, Anil K.
Keywords: Rural developments;Cooperatives
Issue Date: 13-Mar-2010
Series/Report no.: WP;1983/468
Abstract: A question which has remained under explored in Research on the Cooperatives and Rural Development is whether the Western European Models of organizing cooperatives further based on Agri-business concept as it evolved at Harvard will be able to invoke cooperation amongst the poor and between the poor and not so poor in developing agrarian societies. We have first defined the image of development which should provide the back-drop for any discussion on Rural Development. After making our assumptions explicit, we have dealt with basically two issues: i) What are the basic features of traditional cooperation vis-a-vis modern cooperatives? The discussion would be illustrated with some cases in socio-ecological perspective. ii) How does one conceptualize the role of resources, risks, and skills in particularly marginal regions in invoking cooperation amongst small farmers and landless la
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