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


  • Chaddad, Fabio Ribas
  • Cook, Michael L.


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.

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  • Chaddad, Fabio Ribas & Cook, Michael L., 2003. "The Emergence of Non-Traditional Cooperative Structures: Public and Private Policy Issues," 2003 Annual Meeting, October 29 31799, NCERA-194 Research on Cooperatives.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:ncerth:31799

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    1. Grossman, Sanford J & Hart, Oliver D, 1986. "The Costs and Benefits of Ownership: A Theory of Vertical and Lateral Integration," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 94(4), pages 691-719, August.
    2. Fama, Eugene F, 1980. "Agency Problems and the Theory of the Firm," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 88(2), pages 288-307, April.
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