Transformation, inclusiveness and tensions of cooperatives: synthesis and further research

J. Bijman, Roldan Muradian, Jur Schuurman

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Abstract

This synthesis chapter discusses the issues that are at the core of the academic discourse on the transformation of cooperatives in developing countries. The first is about inclusion or exclusion of particular groups of farmers. This issue has gained significance because cooperatives-as-businesses are more likely to be selective in allowing farmers to become members. The second issue relates to the inherent tensions in cooperatives and how these are affected by the transformation process. For instance, the classical trade-off between equity and efficiency seems to become more pronounced when cooperatives focus on economic functions and entrepreneurial activities. The third issue is about the institutional environment of the cooperative and what conditions determine the type and extent of support from governments, NGOs and other facilitating organizations. The chapter ends with suggestions for further research on cooperatives and POs in developing countries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCooperatives, Economic Democratization and Rural Development
EditorsJos Bijman, Roldan Muradian, Jur Schuurman
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Chapter12
Pages276-288
ISBN (Electronic)9781784719388
ISBN (Print)9781784719371
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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    • 2 Citations
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    • 1 Book editing

    Cooperatives, Economic Democratization and Rural Development

    Bijman, J., Muradian, R. & Schuurman, J., 2016, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. 310 p.

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  • 11 Citations (Scopus)

    Social capital and agricultural cooperatives: experimental evidence from Ethiopia

    Groot Kormelinck, A., Plaisier, C., Muradian, R. & Ruben, R., 2016, Cooperatives, Economic Democratization and Rural Development. Bijman, J., Muradian, R. & Schuurman, J. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 123-150

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    4 Citations (Scopus)

    The changing nature of farmer collective action: introduction to the book

    Bijman, J., 2016, Cooperatives, Economic Democratization and Rural Development. Bijman, J., Muradian, R. & Schuurman, J. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., p. 1-22

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    12 Citations (Scopus)

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    Bijman, J., Muradian, R., & Schuurman, J. (2016). Transformation, inclusiveness and tensions of cooperatives: synthesis and further research. In J. Bijman, R. Muradian, & J. Schuurman (Eds.), Cooperatives, Economic Democratization and Rural Development (pp. 276-288). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781784719388.00022