9780131718739

Agricultural and Food Policy

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    9780131718739

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    0131718738

  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/10/2006
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Summary

Drawing on the authors'background in education and policy development,Agricultural and Food Policy, Sixth Editionprovides a comprehensive treatment of domestic and international policy setting, process, options and consequences. This book goes beyond the traditional discussion of farm programs, and gets readers thinking in broader terms, by considering the many forces-globalization, technology, food safety, environment-that influence policy change. Taking an unbiased approach, this edition includes more economic theory, a new chapter on government involvement, current policy issues, and a chapter devoted to the future of agricultural and food policy.Informs readers of the most recent policy issues, such as the Doha Round of WTO negotiations, food terrorism, and budget deficits, in an objective manner. Creates an understanding of how U.S. policy affects stakeholders in other countries. Shows the importance of current WTO negotiations to policy outcomes. Gives readers a deeper understanding of the conditions leading to government involvement, the constraints on government involvement, the role of economists and the limits of economics. Explains concepts using graphs and helps readers understand the underlying theory driving policy decisions. Examines the impact of constituency groups and encourages readers to consider the future of agriculture and food policy. Those interested or involved in agricultural and food policy.

Author Biography

Joe L. Outlaw is a professor and co-director of the Agricultural & Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University. Barry L. Flinchbaugh is a professor at Kansas State University. Ronald D. Knutson is professor emeritus at Texas A&M University.

Table of Contents

About This Book ix
About the Authors xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Forces of Policy Change
1(10)
Instability
2(1)
Globalization
3(1)
Technology
4(1)
Food Safety
5(1)
Environment
6(1)
Industrialization of Agriculture
7(1)
Politics
8(1)
Unforeseen Events
8(1)
Impacts on Policy
9(2)
Rationale for Government Involvement in Agriculture and Food
11(16)
Conditions Leading to Government Involvement
11(5)
Constraints on Government Involvement
16(3)
Goals of Policy
19(1)
Role of Economists
20(6)
Limits of Economics
26(1)
The U.S. Policy Decision Process
27(11)
Political Spectrum
27(1)
Influence of Public Opinion and Groups on Policy Decisions
28(2)
Levels of Decision Making
30(6)
Politics of the Minority
36(2)
Geopolitical Centers of Influence
38(16)
NAFTA
39(2)
MERCOSUR
41(2)
European Union
43(2)
Cairns Group
45(1)
APEC
46(1)
Japan
47(1)
China
48(2)
Russia
50(1)
Developing Countries
51(1)
Balance of Influence
52(2)
World Trade Organization
54(17)
Benefits of Trade
54(1)
Barriers to Trade
55(5)
World Trade Organization
60(4)
Policy Evolution
64(2)
Appendix: Theory of Trade
66(5)
U.S. Trade and Development Policy
71(15)
Complexities of Trade and Foreign Policy
72(2)
U.S. Trade and Development Goals and Policies
74(5)
Developing Market Economies
79(3)
Increasing Food Security
82(2)
Protectionist Policies
84(1)
Developing the Appropriate Mix
85(1)
U.S. Farm Policies
86(27)
Historical Perspective
87(2)
Farm Problems and Policy Goals
89(3)
Farm Policy Options and Programs
92(12)
Assessing the Degree of Market Distortion and Future of Farm Programs
104(3)
Appendix: Theory of Farm Policy
107(6)
Living with Limited Resources
113(13)
Markets as a Limited Resource Allocator
113(2)
Farmland
115(4)
Water
119(4)
Energy
123(1)
Endangered Species and Biodiversity
124(1)
Future Role of the Federal Government
125(1)
Environmental Policy
126(10)
Limits of Markets in Curbing Pollution
127(1)
Who Develops and Implements Environmental Policy?
128(1)
Evolution of Agricultural Environmental Policy
128(4)
Environmental Policy Options and Consequences
132(3)
Environmental Alliances
135(1)
Food Safety and Security Policy
136(16)
Dimensions of Food Safety and Biosecurity
136(5)
Who Develops and Implements Food Safety and Biosecurity Policy?
141(1)
Evolution of Food Safety and Biosecurity Policy
142(1)
Food Safety and Biosecurity Policy Options and Consequences
143(6)
Reflecting on the Safety and Security of the U.S. Food Supply
149(3)
Food Assistance and Nutrition Policy
152(17)
Problems of Global and U.S. Hunger
153(3)
International Hunger Policy
156(4)
U.S. Hunger and Nutrition Policy
160(8)
Reflecting on the Status of U.S. and Global Nutrition Policy
168(1)
Future of Agricultural and Food Policy
169(10)
Impacts on Constituency Groups
170(6)
The Future of Agricultural and Food Policy
176(3)
Index 179

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