New book on agricultural sustainability: Rethinking Agricultural Policy Regime. Food Security, Climate Change and the Future Resilience of Global Agriculture. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.

Reidar Almås, Centre for Rural Research, Trondheim, Norway and
Hugh Campbell, University of Otago, Duneden, New Zealand (Eds):


This is the first book to try and understand global agricultural policy in the light of new shocks like the World Food Crisis of 2008-2011. This book provides the first discussion of the new term ‘neo-productivism’ in the context of European agricultural policy, and introduces the concept of resilience to discussion of global agricultural policy. This book provides a reframing of the old stalemate between neoliberal and multifunctional approaches to agricultural policy by confronting new challenges around the World Food Crisis, climate change, and resilience.

For many decades debates about the future of Developed World agriculture policy have been dominated by a long political conflict between European/Multifunctional policy regimes and the global trend towards trade liberalisation. The stalemate that had emerged between these two positions by 2000 has now been dramatically reconfigured. This book argues that there are four reasons why this area of policy has now reopened to wider debate. First, the World Food Crisis of 2008-2011 has signalled a potential end to the era of cheap food. The emergence of Climate Change as a core policy concern has shifted key targets for agricultural policy. New trends towards ‘neoproductivist’ agricultural policy have emerged to challenge multifunctional approaches to agriculture. Finally, new academic ideas around resilience of food chains and relevant policy interventions have challenged established approaches to achieving agricultural sustainability. This book evaluates how these new policy challenges are having an impact on specific agricultural policy regimes as well as what future lessons might be learnt from key policy experiments around neoliberalism and multifunctionality. Case studies are drawn from: Norway, Germany, Denmark, Scotland, Canada and New Zealand.

Prominent contributors include scholars with an international reputation in the field of agricultural policy, agricultural history and rural sociology.


Chapters and contributing Authors:


Introduction: Emerging Challenges, New Frameworks and the Resilience of Agricultural Systems.


Reidar Almås and Hugh Campbell


The Evolution of Western Agricultural Policy since 1945.

Bruce Muirhead and  Reidar Almås


The rejuvenation of productivist agriculture: the case for “cooperative neo-productivism”.

Rob Burton and Geoff Wilson


Western European approaches to and interpretations  of multifunctional agriculture – and some implications of a possible neo-productivist turn.

Katrina Rønningen, Alan Renwick and Rob Burton


Food regime crisis and revaluing the agrarian question.


Philip McMichael


The food crisis and the changing nature of Scottish agricultural policy discourse.

Andrew Midgley and Alan Renwick


The Worlds of Dairy: Comparing dairy frameworks in Canada and NZ in the light of future shocks to food systems.

Bruce Muirhead and Hugh Campbell



Norwegian Dairy Industry: A case of super-regulated co-operativism.

Reidar Almås and Jostein Brobakk


The complex outcomes of neo-libetralism in New Zealand: Productivism, Audit, and the Challenge of Future Energy and Climate Change Shocks.


Chris Rosin and  Hugh Campbell


Emerging neo-productivist agriculture as an approach to food security and climate change in Norway.

Hilde Bjørkhaug, Reidar Almås and Jostein Brobakk


Comparison of bioenergy policies in Germany and Denmark.

Gerald Schwartz, Egon Noe and Volker Saggau


Commodity Competition: Divergent Trajectories in the New Zealand Pastoral Farming.

Paul Stock and Susan Peoples


Reframing policy regimes and the future resilience of global agriculture.

Reidar Almås and Hugh Campbell



Rethinking Agricultural Policy Regimes: Food Security, Climate Change and the Future Resilience of Global Agriculture
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