Path-dependency and Crop Lien System in Coffee

“The institutional perspective explains the present through its origins… [and] says that past events determine the course of history. An opposing perspective is the voluntarist perspective that says that everything can change by decision of the actors.”


The following article, authored by Rene Mendoza, Edgar Fernandez and Klaus Kuhnekath, reflects a key issue for development of the cooperative/organizational model in Nicaragua, i.e. getting beyond the crop lien system of financing coffee production.

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