Re-mapping regulatory space: the new governance of Australian dairying

Dibden, Jacqui, and Cocklin, Chris (2010) Re-mapping regulatory space: the new governance of Australian dairying. Geoforum, 41 (3). pp. 410-422.

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Abstract

Despite questions currently raised about the future of neoliberalism, it remains embedded within Australian agricultural policy and practice. This paper explores the strengths and limitations of mechanisms contributing to neoliberalism’s survival through a close examination of the restructuring of Australian agricultural production and governance processes under the influence of both globalising impulses and adherence to neoliberal strategies. We trace the changes in governance flowing from the dismantling of regulatory structures in the Australian dairy industry, and the creation of new forms of governance that have both facilitated this transition and dealt with its adverse, often unintended, consequences. The changing governance of Australian dairying is analysed through the lens of three arenas of governance: state, industry and place. Drought has played an important part in re-spacialising dairying and re-shaping the balance between farmers and industry, demonstrating the contingency at play in emerging governance structures. This study of processes of change within the highly export-oriented dairy sector of Australia focuses attention on resistance and on some of the messy actualities of the interplay between state, place and industry – and nature – in neoliberal agri-food governance.

Item ID: 11456
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1872-9398
Keywords: agri-food sector; Australia; dairy industry; governance; nature; neoliberalism; place; standards
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2010 06:08
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development @ 30%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160401 Economic Geography @ 70%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960705 Rural Land Policy @ 80%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960607 Rural Land Evaluation @ 20%
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