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In Russia many agricultural supply and marketing cooperatives have beenestablished by governmental authorities, and agricultural producers may jointhem freely. Although this practice is contrary to cooperative experienceshistorically and internationally it may have a rationale; the development ofcooperatives, which are highly needed in Russian agriculture, might befaster. This reasoning presupposes, however, that the members find theirmembership valuable so that they later get positive views of cooperatives.This study investigates whether this process takes place. The study comparesdata from two surveys among members of cooperatives within the Kurganregion. The surveys were conducted in early 2008 when the cooperativeswere just established and in late 2008 when some of the cooperatives wereabout to be dissolved. The findings show that the respondents in the lattersurvey rank lower in terms of attitudes, willingness to trade, willingness togovern, willingness to invest, and trust.

Keywords: Russia ; transition agriculture ; cooperatives ; socio-psychology

Subject(s): Agribusiness

Community/Rural/Urban Development

International Relations/Trade

Issue Date: 2009

Publication Type: Journal Article

PURL Identifier: Published in: Journal of Rural Cooperation, Volume 37, Number 2 Page range: 225-241

Total Pages: 17

Record appears in: Hebrew University of Jerusalem > Center for Agricultural Economic Research > Journal of Rural Cooperation

Autor: Golovina, Svetlana ; Nilsson, Jerker


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