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    Centre of Sociological Research


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    University of Szczecin (Poland)

    Széchenyi István University, (Hungary)

    Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania)

    Alexander Dubcek University of Trencín (Slovak Republic)

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Assessing the applicability of geographical indications from the social capital analysis perspective: Evidences from Albania

Vol. 14, No 3, 2021

Elena Kokthi


Agriculture University of Tirana, Albania


Assessing the applicability of geographical indications from the social capital analysis perspective: Evidences from Albania


Gert Guri


Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences, 

Eindhoven University of Technology TU/e, Netherland


Elda Muco


Paul Valery University, 

Montpellier, France




Abstract. This ex-ante study explores the readiness of local stakeholders in a rural area to undertake the collective actions necessary to create a Geographical Indication on cheese to protect it from unfair competitiveness provided by brand usurpation. The paper provides an analytical model employable to assess the willingness of local stakeholders to cooperate on achieving a common goal in different post-communist rural areas. The proposed model combines operationalised, cognitive, and structural social capital indicators with Ostrom Conditions on collective action, referring to symmetric interests. Thus, it represents a methodology to realise a priori whether a local rural community is willing to undertake collective action to achieve a common objective. One hundred cheese producers were interviewed using scenario type questions. The results show that symmetric interests have the lowest effect on willingness to cooperate compared to structural social capital and demographics. The study indicates that better-educated respondents are more willing to cooperate than less well-educated. As in other post-communist countries, the educational and demographic factors can become an essential element, which may help overcome the negative perceptions of cooperation from the past.


Received: April, 2021

1st Revision: June, 2021

Accepted: September, 2021


DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2021/14-3/2

JEL Classification0350, P2, P3

Keywords: willingness to cooperate, Ostrom Conditions symmetric interests, collective actions, geographical indications