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Developing cooperation: Discovering supportive legal frameworks and policies for worker owned cooperatives

Teuton, Robert Saavedra (2018) Developing cooperation: Discovering supportive legal frameworks and policies for worker owned cooperatives. Masters thesis, Northern Arizona University.

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Worker cooperatives are an important economic development tool and way of conducting business that takes human well being into account, beyond mere profit. In the United States, however, there are relatively few worker cooperatives. Some authors have suggested that institutional factors, such as laws and financial practices, may not adequately suit worker cooperatives and hinder their growth. This paper attempts to discover and address these challenges through semi-structured interviews with members from nine worker cooperatives and respondents from seven support agencies across the United States. This paper also presents solutions to these problems, via success factors, discovered in interviews and through literature. Challenges and success factors are then codified in components of a state statute, legal policies, and legal actions. Three Nevada state legislators were then interviewed to discover which legal policies, actions, or components of a state statute were politically viable for the 2019 Nevada state legislature. Many challenges were discovered, including institutional challenges. All challenges had some way of being addressed. All three Nevada legislators thought a state statute could likely be passed in 2019, if no fiscal note was attached.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Publisher’s Statement: © Copyright is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the Cline Library, Northern Arizona University. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Keywords: Challenges; Legal; Nevada; Politics; Success Factors; Worker Cooperatives
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Student
Department/Unit: Graduate College > Theses and Dissertations
College of Social and Behavioral Science > Sustainable Communities
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2018 19:15
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/5293

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