Special Issue "Sustainable Agricultural Governance"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2014)
Prof. Dr. Douglas H. Constance (Website)
Department of Sociology, Sam Houston State University, 1806 Avenue J, Huntsville, TX 77340, USA
Interests: community impacts of industrial agriculture; sustainable agriculture
Dr. Maki Hatanaka (Website)
Department of Sociology, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341-2446, USA
Fax: +936 294 3573
Interests: standards; certification; governance; food and agriculture
This special issue examines the capacity of non-state forms of governance to foster sustainable and just alternatives to the current neoliberalization of food and agriculture. In recent years, the use of non-state governance in food and agriculture has proliferated. On the one hand, non-state governance is purported to be a more democratic alternative to neoliberal governance, which is capable of advancing social, environmental, and cultural causes. On the other hand, critics contend that non-state governance is just another form of neoliberal governance and it is limited in its capability to produce transformative changes. Building on these debates, this special issue proposes to analyze the potential and limitations of non-state governance to increase the sustainability of food and agriculture. Potential areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to: standard and metric development processes and their implementation; questions of participation, democracy, accountability, and expertise; the ways that market structures and processes affect non-state governance; and the forms of sustainability advanced by non-state governance. We invite interested scholars to contribute to this issue.Prof. Dr. Douglas H. Constance
Dr. Maki Hatanaka
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.
- food and agriculture