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Farming, Environment and Policy Design

An institutional analysis of agriculture's relationship to outcome-based policy designs.
When Apr 29, 2015
from 01:30 PM to 02:30 PM
Where Garden Room, St Edmunds College, Mount Pleasant, Cambridge CB3 0BN
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A talk by Steven A. Wolf (Associate Professor of Environmental Social Science, Department of Natural Resources and Graduate Field of Development Sociology Cornell University).

Abstract: Efforts to reform agrienvironmental conservation policies in the US and the UK must confront historically layered political, economic and ecological demands. Analysis of contemporary efforts to advance evidence- or outcome-based policy designs in line with the logic of payment for ecosystem services offer, insights political economy and the uneven ways in which science is integrated into practice in agriculture. We find that over the past 25 years conservation schemes in agriculture have remained highly state-centered and bureaucratic, and at the same time concerns about value-for-money have resulted in the integration of market-based administrative instruments. These mixed and even contradictory modes of accountability highlight strengths and weaknesses of this institutional field that allow us to simultaneously identify both a legitimacy crisis and an enduring capacity to sustain the unsustainable.

Details: All welcome. No registration required. Tea and coffee served. 
Contact: James Addicott (Department of Sociology): 

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