On cooperation


In this essay I discuss the role of cooperation in the process of innovation. I argue for a reorientation of the way we conceptualize economic behavior, taking account of the centrality of cooperation as a driving force of economic dynamism. I also seek to distinguish between different forms of cooperation – ‘negative’ cooperation, based on coercion and survival needs, as distinct from ‘positive’ cooperation, which facilitates creativity, self-expression and ultimately innovation


McDermott, T.K.J. September 2011. On cooperation. Under review.