The Political Economy Approach to Food Systems Reform

Volume 50 Number 2
Published: August 5, 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.


  • Food Security
  • Food Systems
  • Political Economy
From Issue: Vol. 50 No. 2 (2019) | The Political Economy of Food