Agriculture: People and Policies - Edited by Graham Cox, Philip Lowe & Michael WinterLondon, Boston & Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1986, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a short, closed, tear to the foot of the spine.
From the cover: “Agricultural policy is being subjected to more extensive critical scrutiny than at any previous time in the post-war period. Chronic EEC budgetary difficulties mean that reform of the Common Agricultural Policy is urgent. But other equally pressing considerations include the viability of rural communities, the conservation of the rural environment, the future of family farming and developments in patterns of landownership. The significance of such issues means that policy makers must address wider questions than the narrowly technical ones associated with intervention prices and the like.
The present structure and future of Britain’s largest industry are central concerns of this volume. It critically examines the mystique surrounding agriculture which has done much to underpin the special support the industry has enjoyed. The papers, first presented to a conference of the Rural Economy and Society Study Croup, address many of the key questions: What is distinctive about the social and economic organisation of agricultural production? What are the main factors which have influenced policy formation? And how are policy makers likely to respond to widespread concern about the economic and environmental impact of those policies?
As a commentary on a changing agriculture the book will be invaluable for students, researchers and policy makers and the historical and comparative nature of many of the contributions will make it a useful and internationally relevant teaching text.”