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Policy Reform in American Agriculture

Analysis and Prognosis

Despite substantial transformations in American agriculture, farm program spending remains a closely guarded prerogative of United States agricultural policy. Policy Reform in American Agriculture examines both the history of farm subsidies and the contemporary relevance of traditional farm programs to today’s agricultural industries.

This work analyzes the mixed performance of past agricultural support programs, reviews the current debate concerning farm policies, and critically assesses the often staunch political resistance to much-needed policy reforms. Casting a keen eye toward the most recent developments on both national and international fronts, the authors consider the ramifications of the 1996 Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform (FAIR) Act as well as multilateral efforts to gain agricultural reform during the Uruguay Round of GATT. Their prognosis hinges upon both the continued growth and competitiveness of the world market and, perhaps more importantly, the ongoing commitment of congressional reform advocates.

284 pages | 11 line drawings, 13 tables | 6 x 9 | © 1999

Economics and Business: Economics--History

Political Science: Public Policy

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Introduction: The Political Problem of Farm Policy Reform
1. New Deal Policies and a Changing Farm Sector
2. Unilateral Postwar Reforms
3. Seeking Reform by International Negotiations
4. The 1996 FAIR Act
5. The Political Economy of the FAIR Act
6. The Uncertain Future of Farm Policy
Conclusion: Ending Farm Subsidies
Appendix: Summary of the FAIR Act
Name Index
Subject Index


American Agricultural Economics Assoc.: Quality of Communication Award

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