Knowledge production in a cooperative economy

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Knowledge here means something similar to but broader than science; reliable but not necessarily as systematic or explicit. A cooperative economy is contrasted with the competitive economy that has dominated political thinking almost everywhere for about half a century - the neo-liberal period. It is argued that the neo-liberal ideology and its economic ideas and practices are unjust and unsustainable. A model for a cooperative economy is described which would be more just and sustainable. Three main features of the model are outlined - basic income, asset and income limits, and a concept of work that counts all activity useful to human well-being rather than counting monetary profit. Knowledge in such an economy is considered in four main stages - production, review, dissemination and use. It is argued that, in the described cooperative economy, these stages would proceed more efficiently and lead to human well-being.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-481
Number of pages13
JournalPolicy Futures in Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • knowledge production,
  • cooperation
  • neoliberalism
  • Basic income
  • accumulation
  • income limits

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