Collective action in the Greek agrifood sector: evidence from the North Aegean region
Authors: Vakoufaris, Hristos; Spilanis, Ioannis; Kizos, Thanasis
Source: British Food Journal, Volume 109, Number 10, 2007 , pp. 777-791(15)
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:<B>Purpose</B> - The purpose of this paper is to present the existing forms of collective action in the Greek agrifood sector and to focus on co-operatives, the dominant form of collective action in the agrifood sector of the North Aegean region. <B>Design/methodology/approach</B> - The analysis is based on six contextual and behavioural conditions under which collective action may emerge. <B>Findings</B> - This paper shows that very successful co-operatives, according to the six contextual and behavioural conditions, co-exist with unsuccessful ones, which are characterised by inflexibilities and inability to respond to a constantly changing market. Moreover, the legal status of some co-operatives (obligatory co-operatives) is of great interest. <B>Originality/value</B> - This paper attempts to categorise existing forms of collective action in the Greek agrifood sector. Moreover, it gives information about the co-operatives of the North Aegean region, based on three research programmes that were conducted in the region.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2007-10-02