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Palgrave Macmillan

The Political Economy of Agro-Food Markets in China

The Social Construction of the Markets in an Era of Globalization

ISBN 9781137277947
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

After thirty years of reforms and continuous economic growth, China's agricultural production and food consumption have increased tremendously, leading to a complete evolution of agro-food markets. The authors use a path dependency approach to analyze the development of these markets, the structure of which remains relatively unknown. The authors use agro-food industries in China, to describe the organization of agricultural markets in China, and its implication for local people as well as for her integration into the world economy.

The book is divided into two parts; the first part reviews the theoretical framework for the 'social construction of the markets,' while the second part presents the implication for the agro-food markets in China.

Louis Augustin-Jean is Visiting Scholar at the Department of Applied Social Sciences of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Björn Alpermann is Professor of Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Würzburg, Germany.

Introduction: Agro-Food Markets in China in Light of Economic Sociology - LOUIS AUGUSTIN-JEAN AND BJÖRN ALPERMANN

Part I: The Theoretical Foundation of Agro-Food Markets
1. Markets as Political Institutions - ANDY SMITH
2. An Approach to Food Quality in China: An Agenda for Future Research - LOUIS AUGUSTIN-JEAN

Part II: From Producers to Consumers: The Market for Food Products
3. Post-Reform Grain Markets and Prices in China - GREGORY VEECK
4. China's Sugar under Globalization Forces: Market Structures and State Decision Making in the Context of Liberalization - LOUIS AUGUSTIN-JEAN
5. A Diachronic Analysis of the Beef Industry - COLIN G. BROWN, SCOTT A. WALDRON AND JOHN W. LONGWORTH
6. Understanding the Growth and the Decline of Small-Farm Production in the Swine Industry in Guangdong Province and in China from 1980 to 2010 - VÉRONIQUE CHIN


Part III: From Farm to Factory: Fibres and Biofuels
7. China's Cotton Market as a Strategic Action Field - BJÖRN ALPERMANN
8. Drivers and Dynamics of the Chinese Wool Market - COLIN G. BROWN, SCOTT A. WALDRON, AND JOHN W. LONGWORTH
9. Development of Contract Farming in Chinese Sericulture and the Silk Industry - NI HUI AND SHUJI HISANO
10. Growth, Globalization and Upgrading of the Chinese Cashmere Industry - SCOTT A. WALDRON, COLIN G. BROWN AND ADAM M. KOMAREK
11. Fuels for the Future? The Emerging Architecture in China's Liquid Biofuels Market - JØRGEN DELMAN AND YU WANG

Conclusion: Economic Sociology and the Political Economy of China's Agro-Food Markets - BJÖRN ALPERMANN AND LOUIS AUGUSTIN-JEAN

Björn Alpermann, Würzburg University, Germany

Louis Augustin-Jean, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Jean-Marc Touzard, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Montpellier, France

Andy Smith, SPIRIT-Sciences Po Bordeaux, France

Victor Zheng, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Scott A. Waldron, University of Queensland, Australia

Colin G. Brown, University of Queensland, Australia

John W. Longworth, University of Queensland, Australia

Véronique Chin, EHESS, Paris, France

Ni Hui, University of Kyoto, Japan

Shuji Hisano, Kyoto University, Japan

Jørgen Delman, Copenhagen University, Denmark

Yu Wang, Tsinghua University, China

Gregory Veeck, Western Michigan University, USA

Reviews

"This volume sheds light on a set of industries that have not been well studied in the China context: the production of food. The authors combine theoretical insight with case studies of the organization of various food markets in China. The book is an antidote to those who view China's transition in monolithic terms, either as state led development or as bottom up market processes. The studies instead demonstrate the complexity of China's market transition. They show how the history of production, government intervention, and new and novel forms of firm organizing, have produced a mosaic of new industries. It demonstrates that without considering all of these factors, scholars will make little progress in understanding China's multifaceted development project. The China that emerges from these studies is not easily reducible to a slogan but instead shows diversity and complexity." - Neil Fligstein, University of California, USA
"This theoretically sophisticated treatment of the institutional and political dimensions of agricultural and food markets in China is a must read for anyone interested in understanding the processes of agricultural change in the world's fastest developing nation. Based on rich empirical research across a stunning range of agricultural production sectors, the authors collectively explore the strategic but differential role the state has played, both successfully and unsuccessfully, in the transformation of China's agro-industrial markets. They brilliantly deploy the tools of economic sociology to examine often conflicting interests, incentives and perspectives between central and local governments, private and public firms, and producers and consumers and to explain widely diverging outcomes in efforts to modernise China's vast countryside." - James Putzel, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
"Written by an international team of distinguished scholars, this book provides a solid overview on agro-food markets in China in the light of Economic Sociology. This timely essay will be of great help to any researcher in the field of agribusiness studies. Moreover, it will certainly become an obligatory reference for all those engaged in the analysis of agro-food in China." - Ruth Rama, National Research Council of Spain, Spain
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