Officially, one Elinor Ostrom was the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economics. Her case study was about the superiority of cooperatives over typical private and corporate ownership on the one hand, and "big gub'mint" on the other. It's not surprising that her work has received more attention in the wake of the global capitalist crisis.
However, the real winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economics is long dead. He too recognized the potential for cooperative ownership. However, unlike most every other cooperative proponent, he saw a very public role in assisting the development of cooperatives, since it is difficult for them to compete unaided against typical capitalist firms.
In fact, part of his vision was realized in the short-lived Paris Commune.
His name? Ferdinand Lassalle.