978-3-319-42073-8This book examines the evolution and current perspec- tives of primarily small banks with alternative structures that operate in all diversified financial markets. The chapters in the book emphasize the impact of the financial crisis on small banks and convey a similar mes- sage: that the small banks, mostly the cooperative sector, survived the cri- sis quite well, but have been directly and indirectly discriminated against in post-crisis restructuring; hence they face many operational and stra- tegic challenges today. The authors examine the diverse and often small institutions in the banking sector to see how they contribute to the broad picture of financial intermediation. In putting this book together, the editor sets out to provide a long overdue look at the two aspects of bank- ing diversity—size and organization—in the post-crisis era.