Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
The study of co-operative institutions and of the conditions of their growth would be easier and mote reliable if the statistics relating to these institutions were more comparable internationally. But there are two obstacles to making them so. In the first place, there is the great diversity in the types of co-operative institutions, and the number of hybrid or transitional forms linking up the different types. Secondly, there is the unequal distribution of these various types over the different countries, resulting from differences in the age of their co-operative movements and in their economic and social structure.In the following pages Dr. Fauquet, who from 1920 to 1933 as in charge of the Co-operative Service of the International Labour Office, discusses these obstacles. He shows how can be overcome by discarding purely theoretical classifications, examining the actual conditions in which co-operative institutions spring up, and ascertaining and utilising the points of similarity already to be found in the statistics compiled in the different countries.
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