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The political economy of global agrarian restructuring and its manifestation in Azerbaijani agriculture during the third food regime period

Maharramov, Kamran
History demonstrates that organizing agricultural production has always been a significant issue with far-reaching consequences in a global and particular country context. Nowadays, agriculture is moving towards large-scale farming, and there is also a tendency of increasing pressure on small-scale farms. Therefore, there is a necessity to analyze the policies that have implications for structural changes in agricultural production. This thesis attempts to analyze the global political-economic factors of ongoing trend between small-scale family owned-farms and the large-scale corporate farms by placing the World Bank ‘s The World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development (WDR 2008) at the center of discussion in terms of its contradictory statements about the small-scale farming versus large-scale farming that reopen the old debates of structural transformation and agrarian change issues in developing and transition countries. In the country-level context, it attempts to understand the political economy of the agrarian restructuring in one of the postsocialist countries, Azerbaijan, where it raised a call for large- scale farming from the government officials. The study attempts to develop arguments within the terrain of the Marxist tradition, especially the political economy of agrarian change and the food regime theory, which analyzes the classic and contemporary agrarian question.