Social Capital, Governance and Performance of Ethiopian Coffee Cooperatives

22 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2012

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Ruerd Ruben

Radboud University, Development Studies & Centre for International Development Issues

Jorge Heras

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: December 2012

Abstract

The performance of agrarian cooperatives strongly depends on the interaction between internal cohesion and external exchange. Empirical assessments of social capital and trust within cooperatives suggest that market involvement could enhance collective action. This relationship may not hold, however, under circumstances of heterogeneous membership and strong state control. We use field data from a comparative sample of 500 coffee farmers belonging to five cooperatives of Sidama Cooperative Union, Ethiopia to outline how differences in economic performance are related to the structure of social networks. We identify clear trade‐offs between bonding and bridging social capital that favour remotely located cooperatives.

Suggested Citation

Ruben, Ruerd and Heras, Jorge, Social Capital, Governance and Performance of Ethiopian Coffee Cooperatives (December 2012). Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Vol. 83, Issue 4, pp. 463-484, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2167552 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8292.2012.00473.x

Ruerd Ruben (Contact Author)

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Jorge Heras

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