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The emergence of Agribusiness in Europe and the development of the Western European broiler chicken industry, 1945-73

Godley, A. (2014) The emergence of Agribusiness in Europe and the development of the Western European broiler chicken industry, 1945-73. Agricultural History Review, 62 (2). ISSN 0002-1490

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Abstract/Summary

This article presents new data on the emergence and growth of the leading Western European poultry industries after 1945. It shows that those countries where poultry output grew most quickly – especially the UK, Italy and Spain – were also the countries where the agricultural sectors adopted US technologies and US agribusiness organizational structures most vigorously. Elsewhere in Western Europe, poultry output grew much less quickly and the adoption of agribusiness structures lagged behind. By contrast, the poultry sector in the USSR was based on the Soviet collectivist system. This was the largest poultry sector in Europe, but also much less efficient. The article suggests therefore that the diffusion of agribusiness and the increase in poultry output were deeply entwined across Europe, with potentially important consequences for the different roles and impacts of agribusiness in Europe.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Henley Business School > Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
ID Code:38061
Publisher:British Agricultural History Society

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