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Moving on – European organic farming movements between political action and self-reflection


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Moschitz, Heidrun (2009) Moving on – European organic farming movements between political action and self-reflection. International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance, and Ecology, 8 (5/6), pp. 371-387.

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Organic farming movements in Europe are widely recognised as a positive force by market actors and civil society, as well as relevant actors in policy networks. At the same time, the organic movement is in a process of self-reflection, reconsidering its value basis. Taking account of both a policy network and a social movement perspective, this article seeks to understand political action of the organic sector. Making use of a cross-country comparison of European organic farming policy networks, it conceptualises the consequences of such action with regard to political influence and the identity of the organic farming movement. While different strategies are employed to influence politics, a space needs to be opened up within the movements for continuous innovation and the re-construction of a collective identity.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:social movement, organic farming, institutionalisation, policy networks, cross-country comparison, Europe
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Europe
Research affiliation: European Union > Organic Farming Policy EU-CEE-OFP
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics > Agripolicy
Deposited By: Moschitz, Heidrun
ID Code:17387
Deposited On:28 Sep 2010 11:38
Last Modified:28 Sep 2010 11:38
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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