The culmination of  a two-year collaborative project with the University of Aberdeen, today CETS launched its newest resource, its first foray into higher education: Democratic Enterprise: Ethical business for the 21st century.Here’s the description of the text:

The United Nations has declared 2012 to be the International Year of Co-operatives in recognition of the impact that co-operative enterprise has on more than three billion people across the globe. Co-operatives contribute to national and local economies in virtually every country by championing an ethical approach to business underpinned by internationally agreed values and principles. Yet despite the wide-ranging successes of co-operatives, in financial terms as well as in the development of sustainable communities, the study of these democratic forms of enterprise remains surprisingly absent from the curricula of most university business schools around the world.

Designed primarily for undergraduate students, Democratic Enterprise provides an introductory-level analysis of democratic models of enterprise, namely cooperatives and employee-owned businesses. A supplement to any course that deals with these topics, it also stands alone as a template for academics who wish to incorporate material on democratic models of enterprise into courses relating to economics, business studies, sustainable development, enterprise, and organisational theory and behaviour.

The book is free to download and can be accessed here:


With our new primary resource and the approval of SQA qualifications in Co-operative Studies, we have provided a pathway or educational journey for students interested in co-operatives, one that starts in the Curriculum for Excellence and culminates in higher education.