Cooperativismo y Desarrollo (2018-07-01)

Systems of production relations of social and community participation as a basis of sustainable development

  • Vicente Francisco González Burneo,
  • Grizel María Donestevez Sánchez

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 6, no. 2
pp. 125 – 140


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It presents a review of the theoretical proposals and plans for development that were made since the middle of the twentieth century and that had as a constant feature the maintenance of private property relations over the means of production, which makes it impossible to achieve real development for the entire population, particularly for the underdeveloped countries. The types of production relations that exist at the same time as the capitalist ones are identified, highlighting the productive economic system characterized by the production relations of social and community participation that are built in different parts of the world that mark differences in the forms of participation in the ownership of the means of production and in the appropriation of the productive benefits. The work is based on research carried out in the parish of Salinas de Tomabela, in the province of Bolivar in Ecuador, with the aim of constructing a conceptual and operational model for local development based on productive relations of community and cooperative participation as agents of socio-economic transformation. With a dialectical materialistic vision, the phenomenon of numerous experiences of solidarity economy that exist throughout Latin America and much of the world was approached, and which opens up perspectives of growth and sustainable development for workers associated with such forms of productive organizations, generating processes of non-capitalist accumulation in previously marginalized localities and inclusive growth to a large majority that leave unemployment and reduce the surplus supply of labor.