The structure and future of Britain’s agriculture sector are the central concerns of this volume, first published in 1986. It critically examines the mystique surrounding agriculture which has done much to underpin the special support the industry had enjoyed. The papers collected here address many of the key questions: What is distinctive about the social and economic organisation of agricultural production? What are the main factors which have influenced policy formation? And how are the policy makers likely to respond to widespread concern about the economic and environmental impact of those policies?
Table of Contents
1. The State and the Farmer: Perspectives on Agricultural Policy Graham Cox, Philip Lowe and Michael Winter 2. Capitalism, Petty Commodity Production and the Farm Enterprise David Goodman and Michael Redclift 3. Family Enterprises in Agriculture: Structural Limits and Political Possibilities Harriet Friedmann 4. The Development of Family Farming in West Devon in the Nineteenth Century Michael Winter 5. Part-Time Farming: its Place in the Structure of Agriculture Ruth Gasson 6. Small Scale Farming in the Northern Ireland Rural Economy Joan Moss 7. Landownership Relations and the Development of Modern British Agriculture Sarah Whatmore 8. Property-State Relations in the 1980s: an Examination of Landlord-Tenant Legislation in British Agriculture Terry Marsden 9. Investment Styles and Countryside Change in Lowland England Clive Potter 10. British Agriculture Under Attack George Peters 11. Agriculture and Conservatism in Britain: a Policy Community Under Siege Graham Cox, Philip Lowe and Michael Winter 12. Agricultural Policy and Party Politics in Post-War Britain Andrew Flynn