Maximising efficiency, marginalising equity: a genealogy of Australian wheat export market deregulation and 'the good farmer'

O'Keeffe, P 2018, 'Maximising efficiency, marginalising equity: a genealogy of Australian wheat export market deregulation and 'the good farmer'', Australian Geographer, vol. 49, no. 4, pp. 497-515.


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Title Maximising efficiency, marginalising equity: a genealogy of Australian wheat export market deregulation and 'the good farmer'
Author(s) O'Keeffe, P
Year 2018
Journal name Australian Geographer
Volume number 49
Issue number 4
Start page 497
End page 515
Total pages 19
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Abstract The Australian government deregulated the wheat export market in 2008, ending 60 years of statutory wheat marketing by the Australian Wheat Board (AWB). In this article, I explore the discursive shifts which contributed to this change. I adopt a genealogical approach to this research, by collecting and analysing policy documents produced between 1983 and 2012, to understand how truths-such as efficiency, competition and the 'good farmer'-were constructed and reproduced to facilitate wheat export market deregulation in Australia. Through analysing the case of wheat export market deregulation, and the process by which this shift was made possible, this article contributes more broadly to research examining the neoliberalisation of Australian rural industries, and the discursive construction of norms, values and identities to facilitate these changes.
Subject Economic Geography
Public Policy
Keyword(s) Wheat marketing
deregulation
genealogy
discourse
individualisation
the good farmer
DOI - identifier 10.1080/00049182.2017.1353585
Copyright notice © 2017 Geographical Society of New South Wales Inc.
ISSN 0004-9182
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