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
Implementing and Maintaining Neoliberal Agriculture in Australia - Part I:
Construction Neoliberalism As a Vision for Agricultural Policy 1-12
Author: Bill Pritchard
Affiliation: School of Geosciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Australia is the world’s leading advocate for neoliberal agriculture. Dominant opinion in the Australian Government interprets the adoption of neoliberalism as a triumph of rational ‘national interest’ considerations in policy. Alternately however, the implementation and maintenance of this policy philosophy can be understood enacting a particular set of political-ideological visions, built upon a specific rendition of what is deemed to constitute the ‘national interest’.
In this, the first of two articles focusing on these issues, the implementation of neoliberal agriculture is explained through processes of ideological conversion in strategic sites of the Australian Government bureaucracy. With ‘the Australian model’ exacting influence internationally in institutions such as the World Trade Organisation, the implications arising from this article have pressing and timely relevance for wider debates on the role of neoliberal values in defining a specific political relationship between food, agriculture and society.