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IAMO held a workshop on “Political economy of agricultural policies and land relations”

13 March 2020 - The workshop brought together international researchers from different disciplines in order to discuss their current work on agricultural and land-related policies. The event was held from 5 to 6 March 2020 in Halle (Saale), Germany, and marked the final stage of the project “Political economy of agricultural policies in federal systems” (FEDAGRIPOL).

The workshop provided a platform for researchers to present current work, obtain feedback and comment on the work of their peers. The event attracted a highly interested audience and highlighted the importance of examining economic phenomena with explicit consideration of the incentives of specific actors in private and public sectors.

The first day focused on the political economy of land relations. Presentations went over the issues of land reforms, public land management and tenure security. The second day of the workshop focused on the political economy of agricultural policies more generally. Participants discussed capture of influential agricultural interest, valuation of environmental goods and the politics of resettlement programs and voluntary migration.

IAMO was honored by the keynote speeches by three distinguished scholars. Professor Christilla Roederer-Rynning, University of Southern Denmark, highlighted the importance of distributional politics in the EU’s CAP system and argued about how lobbying contributes to persisting inefficiencies. Professor Björn Alpermann, University of Würzburg, spoke about the challenges for social policies in China. Finally, Professor Andrey Yakovlev, Higher School of Economics in Moscow, explained why charismatic leaders were important for the emergence of Russian large-scale agricultural sector that may engage in rent-seeking within agricultural support programs.

The workshop was a final event of the FEDAGRIPOL project. The event presented some of its major deliverables together with the other related work within IAMO. Results highlight the importance of considering the objectives and incentives of local and central government stakeholders in federalist and multi-level governance systems.