Food Regime Theory and Food Sovereignty: Marx or Polanyi?

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Abstract

This paper proposes to examine the issue of sovereignty in its relation to capitalism and the state in order to throw further light on what we might mean by food sovereignty. It does this by means of a critique of Food Regime theory as presented particularly by McMichael (2013). The purpose in undertaking this critique is to point up a number of salient deficiencies in the theory, particularly as presented latterly by McMichael in terms of his ‘corporate food regime’, that appear to show the influence of Polanyi. It does this in order to suggest modifications to the food regime approach, and to the theory of capitalism and the state that lies behind this, through which, in drawing on ‘political’ and neo-
Gramscian Marxian approaches, we might then better address the issue of sovereignty, and food sovereignty in particular.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event7th International Conference in Political Economy : ‘Political Economy: International Trends and National Differences - , Portugal
Duration: 7 Sep 20169 Sep 2016

Conference

Conference7th International Conference in Political Economy
Abbreviated titleIIPPE
CountryPortugal
Period7/09/169/09/16

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    Tilzey, M. (2016). Food Regime Theory and Food Sovereignty: Marx or Polanyi?. Paper presented at 7th International Conference in Political Economy , Portugal.