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Rice, politics and power: the political economy of food insecurity in East Asia

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This study explores the critical intersections of food, politics and power in East Asia, and more broadly in the global political economy. Agri-food relations are often either overlooked or marginalised within the discipline of international political economy (IPE). This is despite the constitutive role that these relations have played historically in the construction of the inter-state system and their substantive significance in contemporary global political economy. The current restructuring of the global food system and its sociopolitical and economic coordinates has significance for comprehending the broader configuration and transformation of the contemporary global political economy. This study has three main objectives: (1) to provide a critical political economy study of the complex interplay between rice, politics and power in East Asia; (2) to make a contribution to understanding the evolution of the regional and global food system through an historically-contextualised exploration of the political economy of rice in the East Asian region; and (3) to make a contribution towards an alternative analytical framework for the political economy of food insecurity in the region. This study focuses on the agricultural commodity of rice as a prism through which to examine and explore the complex and multidimensional nature of food insecurity in the region, with rice providing a lens through which to explore social relations and relations of power that underpin the political economy of food and agriculture. This study has identified a gap in literature in relation to a contemporary analysis of the political economy of rice, with a second gap appearing in relation to the evolution of the global food system from an East Asian perspective.

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  • Belesky, Paul, 2016. "Rice, politics and power: the political economy of food insecurity in East Asia," Thesis Commons hn264, Center for Open Science.
  • Handle: RePEc:osf:thesis:hn264
    DOI: 10.31219/osf.io/hn264
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