||The Place of the Cooperative in Our National Economy
||Edwin G. Nourse
||The place in the nation’s business logically marked out for the agricultural
cooperative is primarily that of “pilot plant” and “yardstick” operation.
Its objective is not to supersede other forms of business but to see that
they are kept truly competitive.
||Among the respected leaders and thinkers about cooperatives in the
earlier half of this century, E. G. Nourse surely ranks near the top. Much
of this philosophy of cooperation was summarized in a short article published
by the American Institute of Cooperation in American Cooperation
1942 to 1946, pp. 33-39. This reprint makes more accessible this classic
paper. Two retrospective commentaries by Joe Coffey and Ronald Cotterill
address the relevance of this piece of the 1990s.