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  • © 2018

Socioeconomics of Agriculture


  • Provides an entirely new perspective on the primary sector and rural areas

  • Illustrates the added value of classifying governance mechanisms

  • Collects and builds upon many important recent empirical findings and theoretical models

Part of the book series: SpringerBriefs in Economics (BRIEFSECONOMICS)

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-vii
  2. What Is This Book Good for?

    • Stefan Mann
    Pages 1-14Open Access
  3. Agricultural Hierarchies

    • Stefan Mann
    Pages 15-40Open Access
  4. Agricultural Markets

    • Stefan Mann
    Pages 41-64Open Access
  5. Agricultural Cooperation

    • Stefan Mann
    Pages 65-85Open Access
  6. Agricultural System

    • Stefan Mann
    Pages 87-106Open Access

About this book

This open access book applies for the first time emerging concepts of socioeconomics to analyse an economic sector, namely agriculture. It considers the rational choices of all actors in the system (just as agricultural economists do) and their cultural preferences and constraints (just as rural sociologists do). Socioeconomic concepts are subsequently used to structure agricultural issues with regard to the three governance mechanisms (hierarchy, markets, and cooperation), and different agricultural systems are presented and compared. The book will be of interest to social scientists with various backgrounds, and seeks to break down the barriers of single-disciplinary thinking.


  • Hierarchy
  • Cooperation
  • Agricultural systems
  • Governance
  • Primary sector
  • Socioeconomics
  • Agri-food chain
  • Agricultural economics
  • Open Access

Authors and Affiliations

  • Socioeconomics, Agroscope, Ettenhausen, Switzerland

    Stefan Mann

About the author

Stefan Mann, born in 1968, studied Agriculture in Halle, Edinburgh and Newcastle. He heads the Socioeconomics research group of the Swiss Federal Research Station Agroscope, teaches Socioeconomics of Agriculture at ETH Zurich and is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Social Economics. He holds a PhD in Agriculture and one in Economics.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Socioeconomics of Agriculture

  • Authors: Stefan Mann

  • Series Title: SpringerBriefs in Economics

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Economics and Finance, Economics and Finance (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • License: CC BY

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-74140-6Published: 22 January 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-74141-3Published: 13 January 2018

  • Series ISSN: 2191-5504

  • Series E-ISSN: 2191-5512

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VII, 106

  • Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Agricultural Economics, Economic Sociology, Agriculture

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 24.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)