For democratic guild socialism to develop outwards from the economy guild socialists entities such as co-operatives and social enterprises need to find strategies to survive and growth within an advanced capitalist system. This means competing in a highly competitive market against multinational corporations benefiting from economies of scale and international production/supply networks. Co-operatives need to maintain the principles of worker democracy in face of market pressure which places additional time pressures on the working day. Yet despite these challenges the co-operative sector has experienced a global resurgence in resent years with strong sector growth in some developed economies such as the UK. The co-operative sector has plays a significant role in a number of emerging markets including the potential super power of India. Co-operatives have also played a key role in driving Africa's new model of economic development.
These trends maybe caused by a growing dissatisfaction with capitalism and the need to find a more stable and dignified means of organisation labour. As Neo-liberalism continues to steer the global economy towards serious crisis, with escalating trade contradictions, international financial insecurity and resource depletion its likely that more individuals will looks towards democratic workplaces.
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