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Social Economy and the Cooperative Movement in Europe: Contributions to a New Vision of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Europe of The 27

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  • Juan Francisco Juliá Igual

    () (CEGEA – Universidad Politécnica de Valencia)

  • Elena Meliá Martí

    () (CEGEA – Universidad Politécnica de Valencia)

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This study deals with the most important features of European agricultural cooperatives and puts special emphasis on the business dimension as the key factor in their economic development. Cooperatives were subjected to a cluster analysis in order to classify them according to variables related to their commercial dimension, the key factor in competitiveness. They were also assessed for their main strengths and weaknesses with a view to the possibility of extending their activities to foreign markets, this being one of the main challenges they have to face in the current economic context.

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  • Juan Francisco Juliá Igual & Elena Meliá Martí, 2008. "Social Economy and the Cooperative Movement in Europe: Contributions to a New Vision of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Europe of The 27," CIRIEC-España, revista de economía pública, social y cooperativa, CIRIEC-España, issue 62, pages 147-172, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:cic:revcir:y:2008:i:62:p:147-172
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    1. Donoso, Ignacio & Rudzki, Romuald & Shadbolt, Nicola & Bailey, William, 2003. "The Internationalisation of Agricultural Co-operatives: Critical Factors in Development," Australasian Agribusiness Perspectives 234169, University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Land and Environment.
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    Keywords

    European agricultural cooperatives; competitiveness; dimension; internationalisation.;

    JEL classification:

    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • Q14 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Finance
    • Q11 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Aggregate Supply and Demand Analysis; Prices

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