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

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  • Fernando Collantes

    () (Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain)

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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.

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  • Fernando Collantes, 2015. "Learning that milk comes from a cow: supply management and the character of neoliberalism in Spain’s dairy chain," Documentos de Trabajo (DT-AEHE) 1507, Asociacion Espa–ola de Historia Economica.
  • Handle: RePEc:ahe:dtaehe:1507
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    1. Simpson,James, 2003. "Spanish Agriculture," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521525169, April.
    2. Freeman, Chris & Louca, Francisco, 2002. "As Time Goes By: From the Industrial Revolutions to the Information Revolution," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199251056.
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    Keywords

    neoliberalism; organised capitalism; food regimes; supply chain management; dairy chain;

    JEL classification:

    • N54 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - Europe: 1913-
    • N64 - Economic History - - Manufacturing and Construction - - - Europe: 1913-
    • N74 - Economic History - - Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, and Other Services - - - Europe: 1913-
    • B52 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary

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