Title: Farmers’ cooperatives in Europe: Social and historical determinants of cooperative membership in agriculture
Authors: Gijselinckx, Caroline ×
Bussels, Matthias #
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Wiley
Series Title: Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics vol:85 issue:4 pages:509-530
Abstract: Membership rates of agricultural co-operatives vary widely across member states of the European Union. Inspired by various strands of literature (institutionalism, social capital theory, literature on transition countries and the ‘software of the mind’), we investigate historical and social determinants of those differences. We find that social capital and the legacy of communism are significantly correlated with the attractiveness of the co-operative sector for farmers, while the Hofstede indicators, measuring deeply rooted cultural values that otherwise are so robust and have correlations with many entrepreneurial and organizational aspects, are not. We describe our analysis and elaborate on the limits and implications of the data used and methodology applied.
ISSN: 1370-4788
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group Poverty, Social Integration and Migration
Research Group Welfare State and Housing
Research Group Sustainable Development
× corresponding author
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