Anne Davis

Postgraduate Research Student

Thesis Title

Platform Cooperatives - an exploration of the public policy levers that assist the development of platform cooperatives as part of a democratic digital economy



In December 2017 the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) passed a motion calling on its members to "explore the potential of platform co-operatives". This motion was a turning point, as many in the ICA resist the notion that platform cooperatives are new or different to cooperatives more generally. This study will explore four Australian platform cooperatives and the public policy levers that are assisting their development. In doing so the research intends to draw out key features of these start-up enterprises that contribute to a democratic digital economy.