1st Edition

Civil Society and Social Movements in Food System Governance

    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    216 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers insights into the governance of contemporary food systems and their ongoing transformation by social movements.

    As global food systems face multiple threats and challenges there is an opportunity for social movements and civil society to play a more active role in building social justice and ecological sustainability. Drawing on case studies from Canada, the United States, Europe and New Zealand, this edited collection showcases promising ways forward for civil society actors to engage in governance. The authors address topics including: the variety of forms that governance engagement takes from multi-stakeholderism to co-governance to polycentrism/self-governance; the values and power dynamics that underpin these different types of governance processes; effective approaches for achieving desired values and goals; and, the broader relationships and networks that may be activated to support change. By examining and comparing a variety of governance innovations, at a range of scales, the book offers insights for those considering contemporary food systems and their ongoing transformation.

    It is suitable for food studies students and researchers within geography, environmental studies, anthropology, policy studies, planning, health sciences and sociology, and will also be of interest to policy makers and civil society organisations with a focus on food systems.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.tandfebooks.com/doi/view/10.4324/9780429503597, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

    Introduction- Traversing Theory and Practice: Social Movement Engagement in Food Systems Governance for Sustainability, Justice and Democracy  1. The Governance Engagement Continuum: Food Movement Mobilization and the Execution of Power through Governance Arrangements  2. Pathways to Co-governance? The Role of NGOs in Food Governance in the Northwest Territories, Canada  3. Searching for fit? Institution building and local action for food system change in Dunedin, NZ  4. Catalyzing change in local food system governance in Calgary, Alberta: The role of YYC Growers and Distributors Cooperative  5. Policy Engagement as Prefiguration: Experiments in Food Policy Governance through the National Food Policy Dialogue in Canada  6. Comparing the Effectiveness of Structures for Addressing Hunger and Food Insecurity  7. Indigenous self-determination and food sovereignty through fisheries governance in the Great Lakes Region  8. Collaborative Governance: The Case of Local Food Action Planning  9. Hybrid governance as rural development: Market, state and civil society in Correns, France


    Peter Andrée is Associate Professor in Political Science, Geography and Environmental Studies at the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University, Canada.

    Jill K. Clark is Associate Professor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University, USA.

    Charles Z. Levkoe is Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems and Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences, Lakehead University, Canada.

    Kristen Lowitt is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Brandon University, Canada.