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Destabilizing the food regime “from within”: tools and strategies used by urban food policy actors

Mattioni, Dalia, Milbourne, Paul ORCID: and Sonnino, Roberta 2022. Destabilizing the food regime “from within”: tools and strategies used by urban food policy actors. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 44 , pp. 48-59. 10.1016/j.eist.2022.05.007

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In the context of food transition studies scant attention has been given to the role of state authorities (be they local or national) in destabilizing the dominant food regime. Specifically, little is known about how state-based regime actors use the power at their disposal to bring about change “from within”. Using a political economy approach and data from qualitative research with local government actors in 10 European cities, this paper explores the different power instruments utilized by (local) government authorities to undermine the material, organizational and discursive base of the (conventional) agri-food regime. What emerges from our research is that local authorities have used a mix of discursive, material and organizational tools to alter the dominant narrative around food and have reoriented material resources towards activities that support a new approach to food. Obstacles in this transition pathway lie in ensuring internal coordination within cities and vertical alliances with higher administrative levels.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 2210-4224
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 31 May 2022
Date of Acceptance: 24 May 2022
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2023 10:01

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