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Introduction: globalization and agricultural governance


Higgins, V and Lawrence, G, Introduction: globalization and agricultural governance, Agricultural Governance: Globalization and the New Politics of Regulation, Routledge, V Higgins and G Lawrence (ed), London, pp. 1-15. ISBN 9780203698907 (2005) [Research Book Chapter]

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The impact of globalization on agri-food industries has received significant attention from scholars in the social sciences over the past fifteen years. Drawing upon what has been termed ‘agri-food globalization theory’ (Buttel 2001), there is a broad recognition that the regulatory dynamics underpinning agriculture in Western nations have shifted dramatically. Where, previously, the nation-state exercised considerable control over the regulation of agriculture, the rise of transnational corporations (TNCs) in the agribusiness industries, and global governance agencies – such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank – has resulted in a reconfiguration of political power in which the state is no longer the predominant actor. Much excellent work has been conducted in the fields of agricultural sociology, geography and anthropology attempting to identify the key actors and processes behind this shift (see e.g. Bonanno et al. 1994; Burch et al. 1996; Goodman and Watts 1997; Le Heron 1993; McMichael 1994, 2004; Marsden et al. 1990). However, surprisingly little is known about how these actors and processes exercise an influence over production and consumption.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:agriculture, governance, globalisation
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Rural sociology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Higgins, V (Professor Vaughan Higgins)
ID Code:138154
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-03-26
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