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Private agrifood governance: conclusions, observations and provocations

  • Spencer Henson

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    This paper concludes the special issue of Agriculture and Human Values devoted to private governance of global agri-food systems. Rather than aiming to summarize the findings of the various papers that make up the issue, it highlights a number of cross-cutting issues relating to the increasing role of private governance. Key issues that are discussed include the legitimacy of private governance of agri-food systems and the scope for trade-off between its various dimensions, private governance in a global context and the motivation for firms to engage in governance. Throughout, the major focus is on unresolved issues and on-going controversies with the intention of stimulating further research in this area. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

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    Volume (Year): 28 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 443-451

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