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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2014

Social capital in Russian agricultural production co-operatives

Golovina, Svetlana; Hess, Sebastian; Nilsson, Jerker; Wolz, Axel


When the Soviet kolkhozy and sovkhozy were converted, a large number of agricultural production co-operatives was created. Most of these co-operatives still exist in Russia and some of them have a strong market position, accounting for almost one-third of the aggregate volume produced by large farms. This study explores whether social capital might be the explanation for this relative success, i.e. that members support their co-operative because they trust their fellow members as well as the leadership. Interviews with co-operative members resulted in 1401 usable answers. The results from an ordered logit model indicate that social capital plays a partial role. Members who consider co-operatives to be an efficient business form value social ties to other members, even though the leadership does not enjoy much social capital.

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Post-Communist Economies
2014, volume: 26, number: 4, pages: 522-536

Authors' information

Golovina, Svetlana
Kurgan State Agricultural Academy
Hess, Sebastian
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics
Wolz, Axel
Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe

UKÄ Subject classification

Business Administration

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