Synopses & Reviews
This book presents the cooperative economy as a viable alternative to the neoliberal capitalist and authoritarian socialist models currently in use around the world. The authors contend that the cooperative model is based on principles essential to building a more just and equitable society. The democratic decision making process is indispensable for advancing towards a society that can better fulfil material and social needs, helping to motivate workers and promoting solidarity. It is argued that the cooperative model would not only be the best economic reform alternative for Cuba, but would radically transform other societies as well.
About the Author
CAMILA PIÑEIRO HARNECKER is a professor and researcher at the Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy at the University of Havana. She holds an MA from the University of California at Berkeley, with a thesis on the empirical study of cooperatives in Venezuela. She also works as Cooperatives Consultant to the Ministry of Light Industry, City of Havana, and at the City Historian's Office.
Table of Contents
PART I: WHAT IS A COOPERATIVE?
An Introduction to Cooperatives; J.Cruz and C.Piñeiro The Construction of Alternatives Beyond Capital; J.Gambina and G.Roffinelli PART II: COOPERATIVES AND SOCIALIST THINKERS
Cooperativism and Self-Management in Marx, Engels and Lenin; H.Miranda
Socialist Cooperativism and Human Emancipation; I.Vicente Che Guevara: Cooperatives and the Political Economy of the Transition to Socialism; H.Yaffe Foundations of Self-Managed Socialism: the Contribution of Istvan Meszaros; H.Novaes PART III: COOPERATIVES IN OTHER COUNTRIES
Mondragón: the Dilemmas of a Mature Cooperativism; L.Altuna, A.Loyola and E.Pagalday Solidarity Economy in Brazil: the Relevance of Cooperatives for the Historic Emancipation of Workers; L.Inácio and E.Dos Anjos Forty Years of Self-Management in Argentina: Problems and Potential of Self-managed Labor in the Context of the Neo-liberal Post-crisis; A.RuggeriFrom Cooperatives to Enterprises of Direct Social Property in the Venezuelan Process; D.AzzelliniPART IV: COOPERATIVES AND CUBA'S PATH TO SOCIALISM
Agricultural Cooperatives in Cuba: 1959-Present; A.Nova The UBPC: a Way of Redesigning State Property with Cooperative Management; E.Rodríguez and A.López
Notes on the Legal Framework of the Cuban Cooperative Environment; A.Fernández