Measurement aspects of attitudes to collective action – the cooperation case of greenhouses producers in Albania
Dr. kandidat Rezear Kolaj, Prof. Asoc. Engjëll Skreli, Prof. Myslym Osmani
Fakulteti i Ekonomisë dhe Agrobiznesit, UBT
Despite the developments related to agriculture, collective action remains insufficiently developed in Albania. Insufficient development of collective action (agricultural cooperatives, farmers associations, producer groups of farmers, farmers organizations), complicates the measurement of collective action in fact, especially when it comes to a solid statistical analysis.
Objectives of the study are, the adoption of a method to operationalize the concept of collective action, and testing of the method in measuring the attitudes to collective action; case of greenhouses producers in Albania. Method refers to the theoretical framework, based on the contribution of one of the world’s most important authors, Luis Leon Thurstone (Thurnstone, 1928), realized: focus group discussion identifying expressions of the attitudes to collective action in agriculture and observation on the measurement of behavior towards collective action.
The paper, adjust and test the scale method Thurnstone in a logistic econometric model to measure the attitude towards collective action in Albanian agriculture, proving that this method is superior to alternative methods of measurement, suitable for the operationalization of concepts not only on attitudes in agriculture, rural development and management of agribusiness enterprises, but also to similar phenomena beyond them.
Keywords: Collective action, operational method, Thurnstone scale