Call for Papers (1997)

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                         APRIL 1997

                         Call for Papers

          3-5 October 1997, Bertinoro near Bologna, Italy   

                         CALL FOR PAPERS  

Organised with the assistance of Bologna University, Department
of Economics of Co-operatives and Non-Profit Organisations,
Forli, and the Italian Institute for Co-operative Studies - Luigi

As the economic world becomes more global and competitive, most
types of co-operatives are rethinking their roles within their
sectors, in the global economy and in the civil society
where their non-economic role has a continuing vital importance. 

The structures and strategies they adopt vary considerably from
country to country, from one co-operative movement to another,
and from sector to sector. There have been economic
failures, and some moves away from co-operative values; but there
have  also been astonishingly successful re-interpretations of
co-operation that bring considerable economic and social payoffs.
Researchers have a vital role in identifying the key features of
the changing tapestry of co-operative activity - and drawing out
the theoretical and practical lessons. It is expected that
research may be based on case studies of co-operative experience,
sectoral or country analyses, comparative studies, and
theoretical analysis. 

Graduate students are encouraged to submit papers on their
dissertation research.

The conference will consist of plenaries and parallel
workshops.Themes and workshops will be loosely linked. Papers
will be clustered into workshops on similar subject areas, as far
as possible.  

Participants should indicate which theme their paper addresses.
The following themes may prove particularly important (but we
would welcome suggestions of others that participants feel would
attract significant  contributions):             
1.   Rethinking the Welfare State
     -    Social services - the role of social co-operatives
     -    Co-operatives, employments and labour markets

2.   Co-operation and Trust
     -    Multi-stakeholder co-operatives and civil society
     -    Social audit and civil society - their wider impact 
    and importance for values and socio-economic

3.   Renewal, Innovation and Change
     -    Organisational learning - how co-operatives are
   regenerating, sustaining membership, restructuring
     -    Structures and strategies in coping with the
  changing agricultural world
     -    Innovation and change in banking and credit unions

4.   Co-operatives and Privatisation
     -    Eastern and Central Europe - the changing conditions 
   of co-operation - new market relations, post communist
   transition, privatisation, restitution and economic reconstruction
     -    Western Europe - contracts, issues and strategies in
    new "public sector" markets

The conference organising committee will give special
consideration to proposals for entire sessions for an appropriate
session chair (and discussant).

The conference will be held in Bologna University Residential
Centre (a castle which was once the residence of the
prince-bishop) in Bertinoro near Bologna, Italy. Transport will
be organized between Bologna and Bertinoro. A cultural programme
will be organised at the end of the conference.

Organising Committee: 
Gianluca Fiorentini, Dept. of Economics; Claudio Travaglini,
Dept. of Business Administration Economics, University of
Bologna; Yohanan Stryjan, Stockholm School of Business; Alina
Pawlowska, ICA (Secretary of Research Committee), Roger Spear,
Open University, Open Univerity (Chair of ICA Research

Enquiries and Advice:
Contact Yohanan Stryjan (email:, fax:  468153054,
Stockholm, Sweden) 

Abstracts and Papers:
One page abstracts should be sent by end of May to Roger Spear
(address above). 

Deadlines for Full Paper:
Participants should send master copy of paper to the conference
organiser by the mid-July.

Conference Fee:  
As you may be aware we try to keep costs to a minimum to ensure
participation of less well-off researchers. The conference fee
will be notified to those who register interest in the next

We will also explore the possibility of subsidising participants
from poorer countries.