Political debates and agricultural policies : Discourse coalitions behind the creation of Brazil's Pronaf

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Ghinoi , S , Wesz Junior , V J & Piras , S 2018 , ' Political debates and agricultural policies : Discourse coalitions behind the creation of Brazil's Pronaf ' , Land Use Policy , vol. 76 , pp. 68-80 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.04.039

Title: Political debates and agricultural policies : Discourse coalitions behind the creation of Brazil's Pronaf
Author: Ghinoi, Stefano; Wesz Junior, Valdemar Joao; Piras, Simone
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Date: 2018-07
Language: eng
Number of pages: 13
Belongs to series: Land Use Policy
ISSN: 0264-8377
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/307923
Abstract: The literature on rural development focuses on the socio-economic effects of agricultural support policies; the process of policy design, however, is devoted less attention. Identifying policy coalitions may help provide clarity on the motivations behind a given agricultural support system. Using Discourse Network Analysis, this paper studies the debates preceding the approval of the National Program for Strengthening Family Agriculture (Pronaf) in Brazil in the Nineties. This represented a relevant overturn of the preceding policy framework. Two coalitions that opposed each other have been identified: while large farm business associations favoured measures to enhance productivity, movements comprising of family farmers aimed at introducing credit instruments for small producers. The strong pressure from social movements was key to the adoption of Pronaf. However, findings suggest that the Workers' Party, which found itself in a less conflicting position, played a brokerage role in the negotiation of the final policy package.
Subject: Agricultural support
Policy-making
Discourse Network Analysis
Brazil
Pronaf
RURAL CREDIT MARKETS
PUBLIC-POLICIES
LAND
ECONOMY
AGRIBUSINESS
GOVERNMENTS
COUNTRIES
FRAMEWORK
STRUGGLE
STATE
415 Other agricultural sciences
511 Economics
1172 Environmental sciences
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