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Learning that milk comes from a cow: supply management and the character of neoliberalism in Spain’s dairy chain

Fernando Collantes ()
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Fernando Collantes: Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain

No 1507, Documentos de Trabajo (DT-AEHE) from Asociación Española de Historia Económica

Abstract: This article takes Spain’s dairy chain as a study case of the transformations in the political economy of the food system in the West since the Second World War. I find that there is much to support the prevailing narrative in food regime analysis: the organised capitalism of 1952-1986 was gradually weakened by a policy agenda of deregulation stemming from both internal and external pressures. I also find, however, a thread of continuity between the period 1952-1986and the post-1986 period – in both periods there were strategies of supply chain management by means of which the power of political or business elites joined the market as a mechanism for the coordination of decisions. I argue that there is a case for reassessing the degree up to which the term “neoliberalism” does a good job at describing the new historical era that started in the food system in the latter decades of the twentieth century.

Keywords: neoliberalism; organised capitalism; food regimes; supply chain management; dairy chain (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B52 N54 N64 N74 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26
Date: 2015-06
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