La Régie des marchés agricoles et alimentaires du Québec : nature et gouvernance de la résolution des litiges

Authors: Robert, Laurence
Advisor: Royer, Annie
Abstract: This search relies essentially on the characterization of the institutional nature and analyzing the governance of a regulatory body, called Régie des marchés agricoles et alimentaires du Québec (RMAAQ), supervising activities and arbitrating disputes in the agricultural products marketing. This institution is inserted between the general rules established by the Act respecting the marketing of agricultural, food and fish products and the organizations making transactions and using those rules. The RMAAQ is going through a particular moment, with the pressure of the apparent litigiousness of disputes. In this perspective, it is increasingly relevant to be concerned by this institution, especially in view of its important role in the global ecosystem that is an economic regulator and arbitrator. A better understanding is only possible if a significant decryption of academic knowledge is undertaken. Therein, the theoretical tools and the analytic framework browse notions and concepts that allow to understand the institutional nature, the interventions and the legal environment of the RMAAQ. On the basis of the identified attributes, an interview guide has been developed and administered to seventeen (17) users of the dispute’s resolution body: marketing boards, certified associations of buyers and their legal agents (lawyers). The objective was to know the perceptions toward disputes resolution and the related RMAAQ’s interventions. Empirical results involved make it achievable ranking institutional attributes (gap or matching) according to theoretical conjectures. In doing so, we propose a schematic representation, close to reality, where the numerous constitutive parts of the decision-making process are exposed. Finally, we discuss apparent strengths and weaknesses in the institution framing the dispute’s resolution governance, especially in terms of transaction costs.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2020
Open Access Date: 30 April 2020
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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