The authors

Claudia Sanchez Bajo
PhD in Development Studies (ISS, The Hague), has taught in Germany and China and published among other titles: “The political Economy of Regionalism – Business Actors in Mercosur in the Petrochemical and Steel Sectors” (2001 ) and contributed to the book “The Political Economy of Regions and Regionalism” (Shaw, Boas and Marchand. Eds., Palgrave 2005). Other fields of research are globalization, business groups and chains, cooperatives, development policies and the formulation of policies such as international financial reporting standards IFRS. She has established links between the Mercosur unit for cooperatives (RECM) and the EU. She is an independent consultant in Brussels and a certified translator.

Bruno Roelants
Master in Labour Studies (ISS, The Hague), is secretary general of CICOPA, the sectoral organization of the International Cooperative Alliance for industrial, handicraft and service cooperatives, and its European organization CECOP CICOPA-Europe. He was previously responsible for development projects in China, India and Central and Eastern Europe. He participated in 2001-2002 in the negotiations in Geneva on the ILO Recommendation 193 on the promotion of cooperatives, coordinating the work of the representatives sent by the national confederations of cooperatives. He has taught on cooperatives and local development in Italy. He has edited “Cooperatives and Social Enterprises – Governance and Normative Frameworks” (CECOP, 2009), and is a co-author of “Cooperatives, Territories and Jobs” (CECOP, 2011).

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