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This paper reports the results of a study of the economic content and the decision-makingprocess of the recently adopted U.S. 1990 agricultural and food policy. It is the mostcomprehensive policy of its type. It represents the broadest participation of private individualsand interests groups, and will affect the economy of not only the United States, but alsothe economies of trading countries around the world.The study examines the economic conditions leading up to the policy, a theoreticalfoundation of public policy determinants, the role of economic analysis in that policydevelopment, the provisions of the Act compared with the previous policy, and its extensiveeconomic implications. Results of the study support features of a conceptual framework foreconomic policy of a participatory government. The study also reveals the unique policyprocess of the United States and the provisions of its price and income policy for the foodand agricultural sector.Finally, this article identifies the interrelations between the 1990 policy and on-goingGATT negotiations, the emerging importance of environmental and food quality issues inagricultural and food policy, and sources for further study of this Act.

Subject(s): Agricultural and Food Policy

Political Economy

Issue Date: 1992-07

Publication Type: Journal Article

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/172953 Published in: Agricultural Economics: The Journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists, Volume 07, Issue 2 Page range: 125-139

Total Pages: 16

Record appears in: International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) > Agricultural Economics: The Journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists





Author: Spitze, R. G. F.

Source: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/172953?ln=en



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