Opportunism in Agricultural Cooperatives in Greece

Authors:
Dr Constantine Iliopoulos
Vladislav Valentinov
Type: Journal Article
Journal title: "Opportunism in Agricultural Cooperatives in Greece." Outlook on Agriculture
Year of publication: 2012
Source: AGRERI
Collected from: AGRERI
Subject:
agricultural policies
legislation
agricultural and rural legilslation
economics
cooperatives
agribusiness and cooperatives
Description:

This paper compares the new institutional economics literature on agricultural cooperatives to their actual operation in Greece. The key contrast thus revealed concerns the role of opportunism. New institutional economics explains cooperatives in terms of their ability to combat external opportunism, subject to the constraints of internal opportunism. In contrast to this literature, in Greek agricultural cooperatives, internal opportunism is shown to inflate their formal organizational structures and to lower their effectiveness in serving members. The paper concludes by discussing theoretical, policy and practical implications of this argument.

 

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