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New Institutions for Governing the Agri-food Industry


  • Claude Ménard

    () (ATOM - Analyse Théorique des Organisations et des Marchés - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne)

  • Egizio Valceschini

    (Agronomie - Agronomie - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - INA P-G - Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon)


This paper argues that developing, signalling and monitoring quality in the agri-food industry has become a central issue that requires hybrid organisations and institutions. We examine the forces pushing the industry towards hybrid arrangements, and then extend our analysis to alternative institutional solutions designed for guaranteeing food safety. Our core thesis is that increasingly centralised modes of organisation are gaining ground in the coordination of transactions and that they are substituting private institutions for public policies. We argue that these solutions should be assessed in a transaction cost perspective.

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  • Claude Ménard & Egizio Valceschini, 2005. "New Institutions for Governing the Agri-food Industry," Post-Print halshs-00276876, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00276876
    DOI: 10.1093/eurrag/jbi013
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