Handbook of the International Political Economy of Agriculture and Food
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Handbook of the International Political Economy of Agriculture and Food

Edited by Alessandro Bonanno and Lawrence Busch

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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Chapter 9: The European Common Agricultural Policy: A tale of slow adjustment to neoliberal globalization

Manuel Belo Moreira


Trying to give a synthetic appraisal of the history of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) from a political economic perspective requires an understanding of the inner logic of the process. One must look at the changing of the ideological and political views underlying the continuous negotiation process conducted through numerous fora and involving a great number of institutions, often with conflicting views not only at the European Union (EU) level, but also inside each member state. Obviously, all these complex relations are also greatly influenced by the profound world changes within the political, economic and social realms.

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