Networks, Power and Dependency in the Agrifood Industry
Harvey S. James Jr.
University of Missouri
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
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
Date posted: February 13, 2012 ; Last revised: September 26, 2013