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Differentiated voting and membership composition – the case of a large Swedish dairy cooperative

Nilsson, Jerker


This study comprises theoretical and empirical analyses of differentiated voting rights in the governance of agricultural cooperatives with self-interest seeking members. A survey was conducted among representative samples of members and General Assembly delegates of a large Swedish dairy cooperative while two important decisions were under consideration. Because of the equal voting rights regime, the majority of small-scale farmers encouraged the General Assembly to reject both efficiency-raising measures. However, if the large-scale farmers had had more voting power, both proposals would have been accepted. Because of limited spatial competition, the large-scale members could not “voting by their feet”.


Proportional voting; Board of Directors; General Assembly; member democracy; organizational costs

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International Journal on Food System Dynamics
2024, Volume: 15, number: 2, pages: 114-129

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    Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)

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