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  • Blackwell Science Ltd  (7)
  • 1
    ISSN: 1467-8292
    Source: Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
    Topics: Economics
    Notes: Abstract:  This paper outlines the internationalisation process of cooperatives in an economic environment determined by economic globalisation. The analysis is focused on the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation (MCC) in the Basque Country which is a point of reference for participatory enterprises all over the world. MCC is currently adapting to changing market conditions and pursuing a strategy of direct investment (joint ventures, greenfield investment and acquisitions) in priority international markets. Thus, the first part of the study is about the current situation: the problems and consequences related to the internationalisation process of the MCC. In the second part, we consider an analytical framework for developing measures and strategies which could facilitate international expansion but in a manner which is more in line with cooperative values. The third part focuses on the presentation and discussion, based on this analytical framework, of a number of proposals made within the MCC on international social-economic policy.
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  • 2
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    Oxford, UK : Blackwell Science Ltd
    ISSN: 1467-8292
    Source: Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
    Topics: Economics
    Notes: Abstract/〉:  A simple bargaining model highlights the role of commitment to a low-risk investment policy for firms which offer within-house pension and health insurance schemes. The roles of this commitment level plus bargaining power, and the ability of a failing firm to misappropriate pensions funds, are studied and their influence on the equilibrium pension determined.
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  • 3
    ISSN: 1467-8292
    Source: Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
    Topics: Economics
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  • 4
    ISSN: 1467-8292
    Source: Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
    Topics: Economics
    Notes: Abstract:  In this paper we deal with the role of proprietary structure in explaining efficiency within the Italian school industry. We analyze a sample of 497 schools located in Piemonte, a region in the North-Western part of the country, distinguishing between public, private for-profit and private nonprofit schools. In stage one of the analysis, we provide robust estimates of efficiency scores, using the two most widely known techniques in applied works, namely Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and Stochastic Frontiers (SF). In stage two, we suggests that proprietary structure matters in explaining efficiency. Nonprofit schools are more efficient than public ones, whereas for-profit counterparts are outperformed by public producers. Moreover, we find that foreign and disabled students affects negatively efficiency, raising concerns for cream-skimming practices among private producers. Finally, school size is another important determinant of efficiency.
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  • 5
    ISSN: 1467-8292
    Source: Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
    Topics: Economics
    Notes: In many European countries, institutional childcare has developed as a field shaped by both statutory and associative agency, the German system being emblematic for this. In Germany, a considerable proportion of childcare services are provided by nonprofit organizations under public regulation. Departing from a historical overview, the article elaborates on the mixed economy of welfare in that system and sheds light on recent transformations of the existing public-private partnership. It is argued that with a range of cultural and civil-society-related evolutions, the system is going to adopt elements of a market regulation that are prone to change the rules of games within the partnership as such.
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  • 6
    ISSN: 1467-8292
    Source: Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
    Topics: Economics
    Notes: RÉSUMÉ Cet article avance l’hypothèse d’un nouveau paradigme en émergence qui permettrait de repenser les rapports entre l’État, le marché et la société civile et qui pourrait être aussi novateur que le fut celui de l’après seconde guerre mondiale fondé sur le couple État-marché. Selon cette nouvelle vision, le rôle des pouvoirs publics se redéfinirait de plus en plus en référence à l’avenir plutôt que par rapport au passé : dans le domaine du social, nous serions invités à passer d’un État-providence négatif à un État-providence positif; dans le domaine économique, à passer de politiques économiques orientées vers le soutien de la demande à des politiques visant à soutenir une offre intégrée dont les éléments dépassent le domaine économique pour atteindre le social. Dans cette visée, le nouvel arrimage vertueux entre le développement économique et le développement social ne peut plus être à sens unique dans le sens de la redistribution (et donc comme seules dépenses sociales) puisque le social représente à la fois un capital et un lieu d’investissement. Cela suppose que les pouvoirs publics travaillent à la mise en place d’une nouvelle économie mixte qui articule d’une manière inédite les entreprises capitalistes, les entreprises publiques et les entreprises d’économie sociale, une nouvelle économie mixte qui serait en même temps économie plurielle, respectant la spécificité de chacune de ses composantes dans la visée de l’intérêt général.
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    Oxford, UK : Blackwell Science Ltd
    ISSN: 1467-8292
    Source: Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
    Topics: Economics
    Notes: Abstract:  ‘Proximity services’ have been the subject of frequent debate for more than a decade in French speaking countries. They can be defined as services which meet individual or collective needs and which are ‘local’ in either spatial or relational terms. Based on the situation in France, this paper aims to describe the many options available in the field of ‘proximity services’ and examine the support offered by the public authorities for the existing practices, considering that this support is representative of the evolutive relations between State, market and civil society. The limited success of the free market puts the question of a renewal of public intervention, which would accommodate all options available in this area, without being confined to a marketization of this field of activity. For this matter, the political embeddedness of associations and cooperatives is decisive for the future.
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