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Coop Publications and Studies

Below is a list of coop publications and study resources available through our website:

  1. Publication Resources
  2. Publications for Sale

    Publication Resources

    Restakis, John. The Co-operative City. BCCA, June 2011.

    Murray, Carol. Co-op Survival Rates in British Columbia. BALTA (The BC-Alberta Social Economy Research Alliance), June 2011

    Bridge, Richard. Co-ops and Charity Law. February 2003. 

    Mashal, Marshal, Andrea Harris, Bill Corbett and Elvi Del Bianco. Co-operative Opportunities in British Columbia. 24 August 2009.

    The Nova Scotia Co-op Council. Public Perceptions on Cooperatives and Credit Unions Research Study. 2008.

    Filip, Ondrej and John Restakis. Enabling Policy for Health and Social Coops. British Columbia Co-operative Association, 2008. 

    Restakis, John. Co-operative Elder Care in Canada. British Columbia Co-operative Association, 2008.

    Restakis, John. Defining the Social Economy - The BC Context. British Columbia Co-operative Association, 2006.

    Restakis, John. The Lessons of Emilia Romagna. British Columbia Co-operative Association, 2005.

    Restakis, John. Social Co-ops and Social Care: An Emerging Role for Civil Society. British Columbia Co-operative Association, 2003.

    Restakis, John. The Emilian Model: Profile of a Co-operative Economy. Canadian Co-operative Association - BC Region (now BCCA), 2000.

    Publications for Sale

    Civilizing the Economy (DVD)

    Civilizing the Economy asks the question, "Is there an alternative to the pervasive power and influence of corporate capitalism as a model for economic and social development?"

    To answer this question, this 2 part video documentary takes us on a journey to Northern Italy and the region of Emilia Romagna where the co-operative model accounts for one third of the regional GDP. The 15,000 co-ops in the region cover multiple sectors of the economy, ranging from retail and industrial production to social care and health services.

    In part 2, Social Co-ops and Social Care, we visit the community of San Patrignano where the co-op model is being used by recovering addicts in inspiring and innovative ways to begin living again. The video then explores applications of the social co-op model in the USA and Canada, leaving the viewer with a third option to the public private care debate we are faced with today.

    Civilizing the Economy is availble for purchase through BCCA at a cost of $35 (Canadian dollars; shipping included) + GST (for Canadian residents).

    To order, email general@bcca.coop.