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Networks, Power and Dependency in the Agrifood Industry


Harvey S. James Jr.


University of Missouri at Columbia - Agricultural and Applied Economics

Mary Hendrickson


University of Missouri at Columbia - Department of Rural Sociology

Philip H. Howard


Michigan State University

February 1, 2012

Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics Working Paper

Abstract:     
We review research on power, dependency and the concentration of agrifood industries and report updated concentration figures for selected agrifood sectors. We then utilize network exchange theory to identify principles of dependency and network relations and describe network relationships within the broiler, beef and commodity crop sectors. We argue that this study demonstrates that network analysis can inform on the nature, source and extent of differential dependencies and asymmetric power relationships within the agrifood sector.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 38

Keywords: Network exchange theory, power, dependency, agrifood industry

JEL Classification: Q13, L66

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Date posted: February 13, 2012 ; Last revised: September 26, 2013

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James, Harvey S. and Hendrickson, Mary and Howard, Philip H., Networks, Power and Dependency in the Agrifood Industry (February 1, 2012). Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics Working Paper . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2004496 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2004496

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Harvey S. James Jr. (Contact Author)
University of Missouri at Columbia - Agricultural and Applied Economics ( email )
146 Mumford Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
United States
573-884-9682 (Phone)
573-882-3958 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://web.missouri.edu/~jamesha
Mary Hendrickson
University of Missouri at Columbia - Department of Rural Sociology ( email )
200b Gentry Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
United States
573-882-7463 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.foodcircles.missouri.edu
Philip H. Howard
Michigan State University ( email )
316 Natural Resources
East Lansing, MI 48824
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.msu.edu/~howardp
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