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Economie Rurale

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  • Claude Servolin

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[eng] The author traces back the development of agricultural economics in France through his own personal history, first as a young executive in a newly established research center, then, latter on, as a political advisor of the ministry of agriculture. He tells his disarray in face of the paucity of available statistical figures, and of the narrow mindedness of the agricultural though during the fourties and the fifties. He explains how, with a few other young colleagues, he rediscovered the old debate on the legitimacy of the individual farm. He criticizes the exagerate importance of normative works, which, too often, are not based on a comprehensive economic analysis. Finaly, he evokes his implication in contemporary problems, especially, the definition of the role of the state in a market agricultural economy, a problem which is the key issue in the present Uruguay round GATT négociations. [fre] L'auteur retrace l'évolution de l'économie rurale en France dans les trente dernières années à partir de sa propre expérience de jeune chercheur devenu avec l'âge un conseiller du Prince : désarroi devant l'étroitesse de la problématique des années 40-50 et aussi devant la pauvreté des renseignements statistiques disponibles à l'époque : redécouverte du débat sur la légitimité de l'exploitation individuelle, critique de l'importance exagérée attribuée aux travaux normatifs, ne faisant pas assez de place à l'analyse ; et implication dans les problèmes contemporains, en particulier le rôle de l'Etat dans la gestion de l'économie de l'agriculture, que l'on retrouve en particulier dans les négociations du GATT.

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  • Claude Servolin, 1990. "Economie Rurale," Économie rurale, Programme National Persée, vol. 200(1), pages 17-20.
  • Handle: RePEc:prs:recoru:ecoru_0013-0559_1990_num_200_1_4136
    Note: DOI:10.3406/ecoru.1990.4136
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