Political Economy of Public Policies: Insights from Distortions to Agricultural and Food Markets

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Kym Anderson

University of Adelaide - Centre for International Economic Studies (CIES); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Australian National University

Gordon C. Rausser

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Johan F. M. Swinnen

KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS); European Commission, DG II

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Date Written: November 2012

Abstract

The agricultural and food sector is an ideal case for investigating the political economy of public policies. Many of the policy developments in this sector since the 1950s have been sudden and transformational, while others have been gradual but persistent. This article reviews and synthesizes the literature on trends and fluctuations in market distortions and the political-economy explanations that have been advanced. Based on a rich global data set covering a half-century of evidence on commodities, countries, and policy instruments, we identify hypotheses that have been explored in the literature on the extent of market distortions and the conditions under which reform may be feasible.

JEL Classification: D72, D78, F13, F14, N50, Q17, Q18

Suggested Citation

Anderson, Kym and Rausser, Gordon C. and Swinnen, Johan F.M., Political Economy of Public Policies: Insights from Distortions to Agricultural and Food Markets (November 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2279384 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2279384

Kym Anderson

University of Adelaide - Centre for International Economic Studies (CIES) ( email )

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