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Civil Society and Social Movements in Food System Governance (Open Access)

1st Edition

Edited by Peter Andrée, Jill K. Clark, Charles Z. Levkoe, Kristen Lowitt


204 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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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, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Table of Contents

Introduction- Traversing Theory and Practice: Social Movement Engagement in Food Systems Governance for Sustainability, Justice and Democracy

Peter Andrée, Jill K. Clark, Charles Z. Levkoe, and Kristen Lowitt

1. The Governance Engagement Continuum: Food Movement Mobilization and the Execution of Power through Governance Arrangements

Peter Andrée, Jill K. Clark, Charles Z. Levkoe, Kristen Lowitt, and Carla Johnston

2. Pathways to Co-governance? The Role of NGOs in Food Governance in the Northwest Territories, Canada

Carla Johnston and Peter Andrée

3. Searching for fit? Institution building and local action for food system change in Dunedin, NZ

Philippa MacKay & Sean Connelly

4. Catalyzing change in local food system governance in Calgary, Alberta: The role of YYC Growers and Distributors Cooperative

Mary Beckie & Elizabeth Bacon

5. Policy Engagement as Prefiguration: Experiments in Food Policy Governance through the National Food Policy Dialogue in Canada

Charles Z. Levkoe & Amanda Wilson

6. Comparing the Effectiveness of Structures for Addressing Hunger and Food Insecurity

Molly D. Anderson

7. Indigenous self-determination and food sovereignty through fisheries governance in the Great Lakes Region

Kristen Lowitt, Charles Z. Levkoe, Ryan Lauzon, Kathleen Ryan, Chief Dean Sayers

8. Collaborative Governance: The Case of Local Food Action Planning

Jill K. Clark

9. Hybrid governance as rural development: Market, state and civil society in Correns, France

Chantal Wei-Ying Clément

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Food, Society and the Environment

This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to food, society and the environment. It includes textbooks, research monographs and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
SCIENCE / Environmental Science