The Political Economy of Agricultural Booms

Managing Soybean Production in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay

Authors: Turzi, Mariano

  • Provides an in-depth analysis of the fastest growing agricultural markets and the unique crop that is fueling their growth – soybeans
  • Examines a new vector of international relations: natural resources, of rapidly growing importance for political stability and geopolitical clout
  • Analyzes the link between sudden agricultural booms and the problematic rise and empowerment of special interest groups and multinational companies that come to dominate decision-making and priority setting at the cost of national agendas
  • Gives unique insight into some of the technological developments that have led to the creation of a new international model of agricultural production and some of its drawbacks
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This book offers an in-depth analysis of the political economy of soybean production in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, by identifying the dominant private and public actors and control mechanisms that have given rise to a corporate-driven, vertically integrated system of regionalized agricultural production in the Southern Cone of South America. The current agricultural boom surrounding soybean production has been aided by aggressive new agro-technologies, including biotechnology, leading to massive organizational changes in the agricultural sector and a significant rise in the power of special interest groups and corporations. Despite having similar initial production conditions, the pattern of economic activity surrounding soybean production in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, continues to be largely determined by the needs of the multinational corporations involved, rather than national considerations of comparative advantage. The author uses these findings to argue that the new international model of agricultural production empowers chemical and trading multinational companies over national governments.

About the authors

Mariano Turzi is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Torcuato Di Tella University, Argentina. He has written on the international political economy of natural resources, introducing the “Soybean Republic” (Yale Journal of International Affairs) and the “Soybean OPEC” (Current History).

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Political Economy of Agricultural Booms
Book Subtitle
Managing Soybean Production in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-45946-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-45946-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-45945-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 154
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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