Originally published in 1994, this volume brings together a set of essays reflecting the complex political, social and institutional problems encountered by modern states in seeking to manage their agricultural sectors. Drawing on different national and international viewpoints, the essays present original analyses of agricultural regulation in a comparative context. The aspects covered include the roots of the post-war food order; the roles of corporatism, agribusiness and technological change, the challenge of de-regulation and environmental reforms, the introduction of market principles and mechanisms into centrally planned economies and the efforts to forge a new order in international trade.

    1. Changing Regulatory Orders: The Analysis of the Economic Governance of Agriculture Philip Lowe, Terry Marsden and Sarah Whatmore 2. Agriculture and Corporatism in Scandinavia Flemming Just 3. Challenging the Productivist Paradigm: Organic Farming and the Politics of Agricultural Change Tracey Clunies-Ross and Graham Cox 4. Technological Change in the Regulation of Agriculture Elizabeth Hawkins 5. Retailing, the Food System and the Regulatory State Andrew Flynn, Terry Marsden and Neil Ward 6. Agricultural Deregulation: The Case of New Zealand Paul Cloke and Richard Le Heron 7. From State Control to a Managed or Liberalised Market: Dilemmas in the Reform of the Grain Price System in China Ping Zong 8. The National Politics of International Trade Reform: The Case of Germany Gizelle Hendriks 9. GATT, Global Regulation and the Construction of a New Hegemonic Order Philip McMichael.


    Terry Marsden, Philip Lowe and Sarah Whatmore