This textbook is an updated re-edition of a "classic" on co-operative law, translated into more than 20 languages. This edition integrates an analysis of the 1995 Statement of the Co-operative Identity of the International Co-operative Alliance and the impact of political, economic and social changes during the past 40 years. The original pattern of the book remains unchanged: Two questions are answered for each of the identified principles: What is the meaning of this co-operative principle? How is this principle translated into co-operative legislation?
In the second, revised edition two additional questions are discussed and answered for each of the chapters: What are the new development trends leading to what new rules in co-operative legislation?
Hans-H. Münkner is Professor emeritus of law and theory of co-operation and was from 1992 to 2000 Managing Director of the Institute for Co-operation in Developing Countries of the University of Marburg.