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Food Safety and Governance Choices


  • Gaetano MARTINO
  • Cristiano PERUGINI

    (Universita' degli Studi di Perugia)


The paper aims at analyzing organizational issues in the supply of safe food. The relationship between organizational form and level of safety does not seem, satisfactorily or systematically, to have attracted researchers’ attention. The study of the influence of the characteristics of safe food is here developed within the theoretical framework provided by Transaction Costs Economics. Behavioural uncertainty and asset specificity are taken into account in order to analyze the influence of the characteristics of food on the choice of the structure of governance. The paper proposes the idea the hybrid forms are efficiently chosen by agents and preliminary empirical evidence is provided. The study thus provides necessary premises to develop the analysis both of liability and competition within complex relationships along supply chain.

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  • Gaetano MARTINO & Cristiano PERUGINI, 2006. "Food Safety and Governance Choices," Rivista Internazionale di Scienze Sociali, Vita e Pensiero, Pubblicazioni dell'Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, vol. 114(3), pages 433-458.
  • Handle: RePEc:vep:journl:y:2006:v:114:i:3:p:433-458

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    Cited by:

    1. Donatella Baiardi & Riccardo Puglisi & Simona Scabrosetti, 2012. "Individual Attitudes on Food Quality and Safety: Empirical Evidence on EU Countries," DEM Working Papers Series 014, University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Management.

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    CAPABILITIES; freedoms; institutions; sustainable human development;

    JEL classification:

    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation


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