Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School of International, Cultural And Community Studies


Faculty of Education and Arts

First Advisor

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).

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Agribusiness Commons


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