The British Co-Operative Movement in a Socialist Society: A Report Written for the Fabian Society

The British Co-Operative Movement in a Socialist Society: A Report Written for the Fabian Society

The British Co-Operative Movement in a Socialist Society: A Report Written for the Fabian Society

The British Co-Operative Movement in a Socialist Society: A Report Written for the Fabian Society

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This book has been written at the request of the Fabian Society, which was in turn responding to the desire of the Sara Hall Trust for research work bearing on the position and prospects of the British Co-operative movement. It is a personal report by me to these bodies, and in no way commits either of them. Indeed, I expect it to provoke much dissent and to find few to agree with most of its conclusions. The great majority of leading Co-operators will almost certainly dislike it, because they will find the idea of a great competing 'mutual trading' movement under State sponsorship distasteful as well as novel. Nor will most of them like any better the high importance which I attach to the development of Producers' Co-operation--a form of organisation they are apt to treat rather as a rival than as an integral part of the Co-operative movement.

For this reason I wish to make it plain that the Co-operators and Co-operative agencies which have kindly helped me in my work have done so with no knowledge of the conclusions I should draw from my study of the facts. I am particularly grateful to Mr. J. A. Hough, Research Officer of the Co-operative Union, who, in this case as always, has responded most fully to my requests for information. In addition to what I have got from him directly, most of the data given in the Tables come either from the annual volume of Co-operative Statistics which he edits or from his admirable series of Research Articles in the Co-operative Review. I have also to thank the English and Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Societies, the Co-operative Productive Federation, and the Agricultural Co-operative Association for supplying me with a number of facts and figures, and Dr. N. Barou for reading through my typescript and making a large number of most valuable suggestions. Many of these I accepted gladly: where I held to my own opinion in face of his criticism--as in the case of my proposal to set up a chain of 'Mutual' Societies . . .

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