Farmer cooperatives in the food economy of Western Europe: an analysis from the Marketing point of view

M.T.G. Meulenberg

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Abstract

This paper is concerned with an analysis of farmer cooperatives in Western Europe from the marketing point of view. The analysis is restricted to marketing and processing cooperatives. First some basic characteristics of farmer cooperatives are discussed from a systems point of view. Afterwards changes in the environment of farmer cooperatives are reviewed. Their impact on farmer cooperatives is analysed. Finally some hypotheses on future developments of West European cooperatives are presented. Our analysis suggests that West European cooperatives will become increasingly hybrid systems, being democratic in the general policy stage and hierarchical in the executive stage
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-275
JournalEuropean Review of Agricultural Economics
Issue number3/4
Publication statusPublished - 1979

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