Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
School Of International, Cultural And Community Studies
Education And Arts
Professor Alan Black
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).
Cheong, Elizabeth, "The Agricultural Co-operative Business Structure in Context: A Western Australian Study" (2006). Theses: Doctorates and Masters. Paper 56.