Date of Award

2006

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

School

School Of International, Cultural And Community Studies

Faculty

Education And Arts

First Advisor

Professor Alan Black

Abstract

Agricultural co-operative businesses are the focus of considerable academic research overseas, particularly from the perspective of agricultural economics. Research on Australian agricultural co-operatives, however, is very limited. This exploratory study investigates agricultural co-operatives at two inter-related levels. Firstly, the thesis examines the broader political economy shaping the agricultural co-operative sector, specifically policy and institutional arrangements affecting agricultural co-operatives. Secondly, the thesis considers how this external world influences the internal behaviour of the agricultural co-operative business. The study adopts a qualitative research methodology, principally using the case study method. Over 50 in-depth interviews were conducted with actors associated with the agricultural co-operative sector, including the United Farmers Co-operative Company (UFCC).

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