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Competition between organisational forms in Danish and Irish dairying around the turn of the twentieth century

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  • Eoin McLaughlin

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    (Department of Geography and Sustainable Development, University of St. Andrews)

  • Paul Sharp

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    (University of Southern Denmark)

By 1914, Danish butter had captured a sizeable share of the British market, largely at the expense of Irish suppliers. This is usually attributed to a more successful adoption of the cooperative organisational form, where cultural and legal issues put the Irish at a disadvantage. We argue that there were also significant differences in the private sector in the two countries, where large incumbent proprietary creameries in Ireland were in a stronger position to defend their interests. Even if the cooperativ es were able to operate like their Danish counterparts, they would still have faced much tougher competition from proprietary incumbents.

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Paper provided by University of St. Andrews, School of Geography and Sustainable Development in its series Discussion Papers in Environment and Development Economics with number 2015-16.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: May 2015
Handle: RePEc:sss:wpaper:2015-16
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