Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Stefan Mann
    Pages 1-14 Open Access
  3. Stefan Mann
    Pages 15-40 Open Access
  4. Stefan Mann
    Pages 41-64 Open Access
  5. Stefan Mann
    Pages 65-85 Open Access
  6. Stefan Mann
    Pages 87-106 Open 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

  • Stefan┬áMann
    • 1
  1. 1.SocioeconomicsAgroscopeEttenhausenSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-74140-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-74141-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5504
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5512
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