Waking the Asian Pacific Co-operative Potential

30 Jul 2020

Replete with case studies, Waking the Asian Pacific Cooperative Potential applies a novel theoretical framework to aid in understanding meaningful change in cooperative firms, mutual firms, collectives, and communes, focusing in particular on the underexamined Asia Pacific region. It explores the common, albeit competing, objectives of transformational cooperatives that deliver a range of social benefits and corporative coops where the cooperative exhibits the characteristics of a competitive investor firm. The book provides examples of successful cooperatives in eleven countries across the Asia Pacific and reviews the politico-legal, and domestic and international factors.

Waking the Asian Pacific Co-operative Potential provides early-career researchers and graduate students with a systematic resource of cooperatives in the Asia Pacific, highlighting core lessons from case studies regarding the ideal role of cooperatives in a modern economy and on the enabling factors of the role of the state, the market potential for scale-up, the mitigation of poverty, and civil society.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Analytical Framework of Asian Cooperative Models

  • Why Asian Pacific Cooperative Models
  • The theoretical construct of cooperative comparative advantage
  • The Asia Pacific and Cooperative History
  • Cooperatives and Public Policy
  • Cooperatives and the ICA Sustainable Development Goals
  • Asian Cooperatives and Gender Equality
  • Cooperatives and Youth in Asia
  • A theoretical model explaining cooperative trajectory


Part 2: Case Studies of Asian Co-ops, Including Cross-Country Comparison

Agricultural Coops

  • How Small Farmers into Big Markets? A Case Study of Agricultural Cooperatives in China
  • Successful Agricultural Cooperative model in Vietnam: Case study in Van Duc Cooperative
  • Rajarambapu Patil Cooperative Sugar Factory in India
  • Korea's Multipurpose Agricultural Cooperative and the Development State: The case of the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation (NACF)
  • Nepal Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited
  • Japan: Cooperatively Facilitating Membership Engagement: Employee Lead Initiatives at JA Hadano
  • Almondco: an Australian agricultural cooperative success story
  • Summary



  • The achievement of the Saigon Coop in the retail sector of Vietnam
  • NTUC Fairprice And Cooperatives in Singapore
  • Korea's Consumer Cooperatives and Civil Society: The case of iCOOP and Hansalim
  • Consumer Coop Model in Japan
  • Summary


Credit Coops

  • Teachers Mutual Bank: An Australian Case Study
  • Credit Cooperatives: The case of First Community Credit Cooperative (FICCO) From Resilience to Unlimited Opportunities
  • Indonesia - KK Credit Union
  • Sri Lanka - SANASA
  • Vijaya Youth Club Cooperative and Credit Union Saving and Credit Cooperative Company Limited Nepal
  • Summary


Worker Coops

  • The Socio-Political Environment of Worker Cooperatives: A Case study on Worker Co-operatives as a Solution to the Issue of Contractualization in the Philippines
  • Collectivism as a Strategy for Success in Indian Worker Cooperatives: A Case Study of Transport Cooperative Society, Koppa
  • ULCCS - the icon of successful Cooperatives in India
  • Worker cooperatives as a solution to business succession: The case of C-Mac Industries Cooperative in Australia
  • Korea's Worker Cooperative and Organizational Transformation: The case of Happy Bridge Cooperative
  • Development and Current Situation of Japanese Workers Cooperatives
  • Summary


Part 3: Toward an Asian Scholarship on Coops

  • Toward an Asian Scholarship for Coops
  • Conclusion
  • Epilogue