Giving voice to co-operative agriculture: a political economy and social accounting approach
This project seeks to develop an innovative understanding of the role of co-operative agriculture producers by using concepts from political economy, a dialogical theory of communication and social accounting practices. This project will explore the role played by agricultural co-operatives in improving the value received by their members by developing a dialogic (multiple-voiced) form of social accounting. In empirical terms, a framework that looks at four components – cost of cultivation, cost of living, subsidies and support systems from government and the prices that farmers get for their produce – will be utilized.
This project seeks to draw out the links between the labour theory of value and traditional financial (monological) accounting forms on one side and dialogical social accounting forms on the other. The project aims to move from one form to another through a series of iterative interactions with members of agricultural co-operatives in any country or global region. The ultimate aim of this work is to enhance the communicative capacity of these co-operatives by documenting the workings of this innovative organizational structure as well as its role in the process of moving towards democratic interactions with market participants and, therefore unlocking the emancipatory potential of social accounting.
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