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The long hangover from the second food regime: a world-historical interpretation of the collapse of the WTO Doha Round


  • Bill Pritchard



A benchmark question in contemporary food regimes scholarship is how to theorize agriculture’s incorporation into the WTO. For the most part, it has been theorized as an institutional mechanism that facilitates the ushering in of a new, so-called ‘third food regime’, in which food–society relations are governed by the overarching politics of the market. The collapse of the Doha Round negotiations in July 2008 makes it possible, for the first time, to offer a conclusive assessment as to whether this is the case. Using a broadly conceived world-historical framework, this article contends that the WTO is more appropriately theorized as a carryover from the politics of the crisis of the second food regime, rather than representing any putative successor. The Doha Round’s collapse in Geneva in July 2008 should put an end to speculation of a WTO-led transformation of global food politics towards unfettered market rule; the supposed basis for a neo-liberalized ‘third food regime’. Consequently, it is through analysis of the factors that framed the Doha Round’s collapse, rather than in the WTO itself, that provide insights into the defining elements of a new global politics of food. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

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  • Bill Pritchard, 2009. "The long hangover from the second food regime: a world-historical interpretation of the collapse of the WTO Doha Round," Agriculture and Human Values, Springer;The Agriculture, Food, & Human Values Society (AFHVS), vol. 26(4), pages 297-307, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:agrhuv:v:26:y:2009:i:4:p:297-307
    DOI: 10.1007/s10460-009-9216-7

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