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The Emergence of Non-Traditional Cooperative Structures: Public and Private Policy Issues

Fabio Ribas Chaddad and Michael L. Cook

No 31799, 2003 Annual Meeting, October 29 from NCERA-194 Research on Cooperatives

Abstract: This paper examines new agricultural cooperative organizational models from an ownership rights perspective. We argue that new cooperative organizational models differ in the way ownership rights are assigned to the economic agents tied contractually to the firm - members, patrons, and investors. The paper proposes a typology of discrete organizational models, in which the traditional cooperative structure and the investor-oriented firm are characterized as polar forms. Five non-traditional models are described and analyzed with implications to both private and public policy.

Keywords: Agribusiness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003
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