Cooperation in the Romanian Countryside

Cooperation in the Romanian Countryside : An Insight into Post-Soviet Agriculture

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The collapse of communism in Romania held the promise of a revival of private, small-scale farming; however, the Romanian transition experience has not fulfilled these expectations. This book explores why farmers continue to place land in cooperative forms of farming when theory suggests that private farming is more productive, and whether there are efficiency gains to be had from cooperative farming more

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  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 157.5 x 228.6 x 17.8mm | 340.2g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • charts
  • 0739110446
  • 9780739110447

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Sabates-Wheeler delivers a well-documented and convincing study for scholars of transition economies. She argues that group farming plays an important role in Romanian agriculture despite the preference by many policy makers for single family farming. Various poorer families may form farming associations to overcome labor scarcity, lack of machinery, paucity of credit, and too little land. -- William Thiesenhusen, University of Wisconsin [This book offers] impressive in-depth analysis of co-operation in transition agriculture, and is one of the first in-depth analyses of the black box of organizational change in transition agriculture. A must read for scholars of organizational change in agriculture. -- Erik Mathijs, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium Sabates-Wheeler offers three contributions that take the debate on sluggish agricultural performance in post-transition Eastern Europe to a new level. First, she marshals the micro data (both quantitative and qualitative) needed to understand the farm-level opportunities and constraints that shape the reality that lurks beneath national reform models. Second, she escapes the presumption that there is a single optimal farm organizational model, and instead explores a continuum of organizational forms, asking which model works best for which farmers at what point in time. Third, recognizing the fluidity of the optimal, she advocates policies designed to permit individual farmers to move along that organizational continuum as their circumstances change and as markets evolve. -- Michael R. Carter, University of Wisconsinshow more

About Rachel Sabates-Wheeler

Rachel Sabates-Wheeler is a Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 A Brief History of Romanian Land Reform Chapter 3 Land Fragmentation and Legal Farm Structure Chapter 4 Explaining Cooperation Chapter 5 Profiles of Farming Regimes Chapter 6 Farm-Regime Choice Chapter 7 Production and Choice Chapter 8 Conclusionsshow more