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Handbook of the International Political Economy of Agriculture and Food

Edited by Alessandro Bonanno, Sam Houston State University and Lawrence Busch, Michigan State University, US
This book tackles the central question of the political and structural changes and characteristics that govern agriculture and food. Original contributions explore this highly globalized economic sector by analyzing salient geographical regions and substantive topics. Along with chapters that investigate agri-food in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Oceania, the book includes contributions that cover topics such as labor, science and technology, the financialization of agri-food, and supermarkets.
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Publication Date: 2015
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Political Economy
  • Environment
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Political Economy
Large- scale socio-economic, political and structural changes characterize contemporary agriculture and food today. This Handbook provides an essential overview to help readers understand the future evolution of agri-food through an analysis of the economy in key regions around the world.

Along with chapters that investigate agri-food in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Oceania, the book includes contributions that cover topics such as labor, science and technology, the financialization of agri-food, and supermarkets.

This Handbook will be required reading for researchers, scholars and students in the social sciences looking to learn more about agriculture and food. Policy makers and industry leaders interested in agri-food will also find this to be an insightful read.
‘The Handbook will leave readers feeling more confident in their understanding of the political economy of global agri-food systems, and of neoliberalism in particular – a worthy objective for a subject that intimidates many.’
– Agriculture and Human Values

‘This Handbook makes an important contribution to agrifood studies. Departing from more generalized analyses of globalization and neo-liberalism we are presented with a rich range of country level and thematic studies by highly respected authors. In this way, common trends are subjected to the detailed scrutiny of individual Nation States both in the North and the South, unwrapping the heterogeneous forces at work in each. The thematic section in its focus on key issues and actors similarly exposes the complex tendencies often hidden by more generalized accounts of the global agrifood system. Political economy at its best!’
– John Wilkinson, Graduate Center for Development, Agriculture and Society, Rural Federal University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Contributors: G. Aboites, C. Bain, J.S. Barbosa Cavalcanti, M. Belo Moreira, B. Bock, A. Bonanno, B. Brandl, L. Busch, I. Cucco, T. Dandachi, M. del Rosario Castro Bernardini, J. Dixon, M. Etxezarreta, M. Fairbairn, M. Fonte, L. Glenna, L. Horlings, K. Jones, E.E. Krone, G. Lawrence, F. Martinez, M. Miele, G. Otero, A. Patel-Campillo, G. Pechlaner, E. Ransom, J. Rosell, C. Sachs, K. Sekine, L. Viladomiu





Contents:

THE INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY OF AGRICULTURE AND FOOD: AN INTRODUCTION
Alessandro Bonanno and Lawrence Busch

PART I THE INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY OF AGRICULTURE AND FOOD: SELECTED COUNTRIES AND REGIONS
1. The Political Economy of Agriculture in Southern Africa
Elizabeth Ransom

2. “100% Pure”? Private Governance Efforts to Mitigate the Effects of ‘Dirty Dairying on New Zealand’s Environment
Carmen Bain and Tamera Dandachi

3. The Political Economy of Agri-Food in Mexico
Francisco Martinez and Gilberto Aboites

4. Argentina’s Agrifood Transformations in the Context of Globalization: Changing Ways of Farming
Clara Craviotti

5. The Political Economy of Agriculture in Colombia: An Unfinished Business
Anouk Patel-Campillo and María del Rosario Castro Bernardini

6. Brazilian Farmers, Quality and Markets
Josefa Salete Barbosa Cavalcanti and Evander Eloi Krone

7. The Political Economy of Agriculture and Food in North America: Toward Convergence or Divergence?
Gabriela Pechlaner and Gerardo Otero

8. Transition of Agriculture and Agricultural Policies in Japan: From Postwar to the Neoliberal Era
Kae Sekine

9. The European Common Agriculture Policy: a Tale of Slow Adjustment to Neoliberal Globalization
Manuel Belo Moreira

10. An Overview of Spanish Agriculture in the 21st Century
Miren Etxezarreta, Jordi Rosell and Lourdes Viladomiu


PART II SELECTED THEMES OF THE INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY OF AGRICULTURE AND FOOD
11. The Political Economy of Agri-Food: Supermarkets
Geoffrey Lawrence and Jane Dixon

12. Finance and the Food System
Madeleine Fairbairn

13. The Political Economy of Labor Relations in Agriculture and Food
Alessandro Bonanno

14. The Political Economy of Alternative Agriculture in Italy
Maria Fonte and Ivan Cucco

15. Animal Welfare: the Challenges of Implementing a Common Legislation in Europe
Mara Miele, Bettina Bock and Lummina Horlings

16. International Political Economy of Agricultural Research and Development
Leland Glenna, Barbara Brandl, and Kristal Jones

17. Gender and the International Political Economy of Agri-Food
Carolyn Sachs

Index