The Political Economy Approach to Food Systems Reform

Olivier De Schutter
Volume 50 Issue 2
Published: 05 August 2019

The political economy approach to food systems steers away both from approaches that focus on biogeochemical flows and the embeddedness of food systems in the biosphere, and from classical economists’ approaches that address the role of prices in relating supply and demand. This article discusses what is specific to the political economy analysis, which places power at the centre of its inquiry; and it lists the challenges this approach faces in its attempt to contribute to the reform of food systems.

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From Issue: Vol 50, No 2 (2019) | The Political Economy of Food