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Germany: Co-Creating Cooperative and Sharing Economies

Zehle, Soenke and Käfer, Hannes and Hartnik, Julia and Schmitz, Michael (2021): Germany: Co-Creating Cooperative and Sharing Economies. Published in:


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The chapter describes the sharing economy in Germany as a heterogeneous dynamic, combining local trends and histories with economic forms drawing on experiences mainly from across Europe and North America. Increasingly taken into account by policymakers in the regulation of markets and the redesign of innovation governance frameworks, “sharing” as a complex nexus linking the exercise of citizenship to sustainable consumption and informational self-determination in digital societies will continue to drive and frame the creation of value chains. Of particular interest are linkages between sharing economies and the traditions of cooperativism, currently experiencing a renaissance. The latter is key because it shapes the context in which sharing economy initiatives exist and expand—an opening of definitions and narrative of innovation, of (public) value, and of collaborative agency and cooperative management. M4 - Citavi

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