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The European Union and the Politics of Agriculture in an Era of Globalisation

This project commenced only at the end of 1999. It aims to examine regional resistance to the global dynamic for liberalisation in agriculture. It will analyse the degree to which a new competing balance of forces in global agriculture--historically dominated by the US-EU relationship--maybe emerging. Consequently, the project will investigate other developments; especially agricultural production potential in the former Eastern bloc; the changing demand profile of food importing countries (e.g. the PRC); and the impact of technological change (especially bio-technology) on the global agribusiness. Research will be conducted via the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data (available through the European Commission and the USDA), and via a series of semi-structured interviews at the EU Commission, the USDA, the WTO, and with non state actors in the corporate world of agribusiness and agricultural NGOs.