Document Type : Original Article


1. Eastern Mediterranean University, Faculty of Business and Economics, Department of Political Science and International Relations 2. Rauf Denktas University, Faculty of Business and Economics, Department, Famagusta, North Cyprus


The complexities of the modern world highlight the need for new, inclusive, and effective governance models. Complex phenomena such as environmental sustainability, socio-economic challenges, and the rapid evolution of the digital domain mean that traditional governance mechanisms are often inefficient in addressing emerging issues. This is especially true in diverse societies where various stakeholders seek to be heard. Cooperative governance stands out in these cases, combining collective action with shared accountability and informed decision-making. This article examines the premises of cooperative governance as one possible mode of governance that demonstrates the flexibility and complexity required for tackling emerging global challenges. It specifically focuses on the multifaceted character of cooperatives and their potential for democratic governance. This manuscript aims to familiarize the general audience with the nuances of cooperative governance and demonstrate how this mode of governance may offer a suitable governance structure for an ever-evolving world.  


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