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The resilience of paradigm mixes: food security in a post-exceptionalist trade regime

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Carsten Daugbjerg, Arild Aurvåg Farsund, Oluf Langhelle

This paper argues that a policy regime based on a paradigm mix may be resilient when challenged by changing power balances and new agendas. Controversies between the actors can be contained within the paradigm mix as it enables them to legitimize different ideational positions. Rather than engaging in conflict over the foundation of the regime, they are more likely to rebalance the paradigm blend. We show that despite being a mixture of two contradictory paradigms, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Agriculture has proven resilient when the power balance within the WTO and the policy context changed. The paradigm mix proved sufficiently flexible to accommodate food security concerns and at the same time continue to take steps toward further liberalization. Indeed, the main players have not challenged the paradigm mix.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of European Public Policy
Issue number11:S1
Pages (from-to)1698-1715
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

Issue 11: SI - Post-exceptionalism in Public Policy: Transforming Food and Agricultural Policy

    Research areas

  • Food security, ideas, regimes, resilience, the WTO

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