English Translation of Empresa Cooperativa y Economía de Mercado, by Luis Razeto Migliaro
Luis Razeto Migliaro is a leading theorist and practitioner of solidarity economy in Latin America whose work is not widely known in the English-speaking world. Solidarity economy, a term coined by Razeto in the 1980s, is a form of economy -- production, distribution, and consumption -- in which relations of solidarity and cooperation are the basis of organization of enterprises and economic activity, with a different economic rationality than that which predominates in capitalism.
In this book, Chilean theorist of solidarity economy Luis Razeto Migliaro takes analytical tools from the economist’s toolbox – the firm, the factors of production, the market – and subjects them to critique and correction, fashioning tools and theory capable of grasping and analyzing “the cooperative phenomenon.” Razeto takes familiar analytical tools from the economist’s toolbox – the firm, the factors of production, the market – and subjects them to critique and correction, fashioning tools and theory capable of grasping and analyzing “the cooperative phenomenon.” Razeto's work deserves to be better known. This book should be of use to co-op educators and developers, and others interested in democratization of economic relations.
Grassroots Economic Organizing is publishing Cooperative Enterprise and Market Economy serially, one chapter at a time on its website (https://geo.coop), available free of charge, under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Donations will go to support Matt's translation work.
Matt Noyes is a long time movement educator based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. He has been a researcher and practitioner in worker education, union democracy, and worker cooperatives for over 20 years and received a Masters in Economía Social y Organización Cooperativa from Mondragón University. He has translated two other books by Luis Razeto: Solidarity Economy Roads, and How to Create a Solidarity Enterprise.
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