What policies are feasible today and likely to be effective in developing markets and reforming agricultural trade in the 1990s? Outstanding scholars from several disciplines and from various countries evaluate the major alternative policies and principal scenarios for regional trade and market development in the current global ecomic and political environment. This text assesses prospects for a marketplace strategy of agricultural development, revealing a considerable range of opinion on the subject. Students, scholars, institutional analysts, and policymakers concerned with international political ecomics, agricultural policy, international trade, the politics of developing countries, and U.S. foreign policy will find this a practical guide for understanding the critical role of public policy in the organizing of efficient markets. This study points to the potential impacts of policy reforms in the USSR, Eastern Europe, and developing nations; describes current practices in agricultural trade development; offers regional perspectives on agricultural trade and market development; and outlines a broad range of opportunities and initiatives that may arise in the coming years. This useful survey and expert assessment ends with a brief listing of some of the most important and useful materials for understanding the critical issues and opportunities confronting the United States in the next few years in the areas of agricultural trade and market development.
JOHN W. HELMUTH is Adjunct Professor of Economics and Assistant Director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University. Previously, he was Chief Economist for the Committee on Small Business of the U.S. House of Representatives and has held positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Commodity Futures Trading Commission. He also served as Executive Coordinator of the 1988 World Food Conference. DON F. HADWIGER, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Iowa State University, is the author of many articles and books on food and trade policy and agriculture pollitics. He has served with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is currently co-editor of the Policy Studies Journal with William P. Browne. He edited World Food Policies: Toward Agricultural Interdependence (1986) and Farm Policy and Agricultural Technology (1987).