The feasibility of platform cooperatives in the gig economy

Damion Jonathan Bunders*, Martijn Arets, Koen Frenken, Tine De Moor

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In view of the precarity and economic dependency of gig workers, platform cooperatives come into the picture as alternatives to investor-owned platforms. We develop a taxonomy of platform cooperatives along the dimensions of ownership of the platform and employment by the cooperative. Platform cooperatives are then examined as worker-run matchmaking platforms for gigs, by analysing their challenges, highlighting the difficulties to raise capital, take collective decisions, and gain institutional support. On the basis of a feasibility analysis, we conclude that the identified challenges can most likely be successfully overcome by platform co-ops that organise taxi rides and professional jobs, while it may prove much more difficult in food delivery, homecare and micro-tasking.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100167
JournalJournal of Co-operative Organization and Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


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