The Importance of Cooperatives in the Romanian Society



cooperatives, social economy, social enterprises, hybrid organizations


In the last years the policy debates around the social economy have increased in Romania. Social economy represents a solution for social inclusion issues. Cooperatives represent border entities based on two components – economic and social. They were marginalized by the economic approaches due to the fact that the main microeconomic principles – the presence of only self-interested individuals and profit-maximisation – has limited applicability to the case of cooperatives. This article aims to present the cooperatives sector in Romania and their role in social economy sector. Starting from the data of a representative research of Romanian cooperatist system, the article investigates the extent to which cooperatives respond to the criteria set up at European level.


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Claudia Petrescu, Research Institute for Quality of Life, Romanian Academy

Address: Calea 13 Septembrie no 13, District 5, 050711, Bucharest, Romania.



How to Cite

Petrescu, C. (2013). The Importance of Cooperatives in the Romanian Society. Calitatea Vieții, 24(2), 213–244. Retrieved from



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