Contracts and cooperation: the relative failure of the Irish dairy industry in the late nineteenth century reconsidered

Ingrid Henriksen, Eoin McLaughlin, Paul Sharp

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    10 Citations (Scopus)
    4 Downloads (Pure)

    Abstract

    Why did the establishment of cooperative creameries in late nineteenth century Ireland fail to halt the relative decline of her dairy industry compared to other emerging producers? This paper compares the Irish experience with that of the market leader, Denmark, and shows how each adopted the cooperative organizational form, but highlights that an important difference was institutional: specifically regarding the enforcement of vertically binding contracts. We argue that this failure, combined with a strong proprietary sector which was opposed to cooperation, reinforced the already difficult conditions for dairying in Ireland due to poor social capital.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalEuropean Review of Economic History
    VolumeAdvance access
    Early online date22 Jul 2015
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Keywords

    • Contracts
    • Cooperation
    • Dairying
    • Denmark
    • Ireland

    Fingerprint

    Dive into the research topics of 'Contracts and cooperation: the relative failure of the Irish dairy industry in the late nineteenth century reconsidered'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this