Creating a governable reality: analysing the use of quantification in shaping Australian wheat marketing policy

O'Keeffe, P 2018, 'Creating a governable reality: analysing the use of quantification in shaping Australian wheat marketing policy', Agriculture and Human Values, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 553-567.


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Title Creating a governable reality: analysing the use of quantification in shaping Australian wheat marketing policy
Author(s) O'Keeffe, P
Year 2018
Journal name Agriculture and Human Values
Volume number 35
Issue number 3
Start page 553
End page 567
Total pages 15
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Abstract This paper analyses Australian policy makers' use of quantification and technologies of government to implement the project of Australian wheat export market liberalisation. I draw upon policy documents to analyse how quantification has been used to construct a simplified, governable conception of the wheat industry. Policy makers, I suggest, acted upon this constructed reality through assemblages of technologies such as performance objectives, audit, cost-benefit analysis and econometric modelling to facilitate wheat export market deregulation. In addition, this paper shows how quantification was used to delegitimise the social consequences of deregulation and marginalise farmers' opposition to this shift. Thus, the erasure of the social world enabled policy makers to construct economic objectives such as efficiency and productivity as serving the national interest.
Subject Economic Geography
Public Policy
Keyword(s) Audit
Governmentality
Policy analysis
Quantification
Technologies of performance
Wheat
DOI - identifier 10.1007/s10460-018-9848-6
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ISSN 0889-048X
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