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Personalisation and the Co-operative Tradition

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 May 2012

Jenny Fisher
Department of Social Work and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University E-mail:
Susan Baines
Department of Social Work and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University E-mail:
Mary Rayner
Co-operativesUK E-mail:


There is growing interest in how enterprises based on co-operative values can help to meet needs relating to welfare and re-energise public services. The objective of this article is to examine critically the intersection of personalised adult social care services and the co-operative tradition, which emphasises mutual aid and value-led enterprise. We do this by retelling the story of personalisation through a co-operative lens, and ground this reading in case studies of two new co-operative enterprises that were supported under a Department of Health programme in England (2006–2009) intended to demonstrate how personalised adult social care could be extended by developing collaborative, co-operative organisational forms.

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