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International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food

Published by Michigan State University

Official publication of the Research Committee on Sociology of Agriculture and Food (RC-40)
of the International Sociological Association (ISA)

Editors: Raymond Jussaume, Claire Marris and Katerina Psarikidou

Frequency: 3 issues per year 
ISSN: 0798-1759

Volume 4 (1994)

Globalization, the State and the Environment: Exploring the Limits and Options of State Activity                                 139-157

Author: Terry Marsden
Affiliation: School of Geography and Earth Resources, University of Hull, Hull, UK

Abstract             PDF

The paper explores the relationships between globalization and the state with reference to three interlinked aspects of environmental concern (agriculture-environmental relationships, environmental planning and policy and retailer regulation and food quality). New models of regulation emerge which suggest both a more variable and contingent conceptualization of the state is necessary. Social empowerment and the transposition of power with particular private economic sectors means that we must be more concerned with the substantial socio-political content of state power relations, rather than ascribing singular or coherent roles to the institutional matrix which traditionally defines 'the state.'

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