Journal title SOCIOLOGIA DEL LAVORO
Author/s Maura Benegiamo, William Loveluck
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2022/162 Language English
Pages 20 P. 164-183 File size 242 KB
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The article examines the reactions of two important agricultural trade unions in France, the ?Confédération Paysanne and the Coordination Rurale, to the liberalisation and financialisation of the ?European Common Agricultural Policy. It highlights the adoption of a "producerist populism" approach ?focused on the role of transnational economic and financial elites in co-opting the state, reducing ?public aid and as the main driver of the economic crises experienced by French farmers. The article ?traces the manifestations of this approach in the claims and analyses of the two unions in the face of ?recent economic developments in the wheat and dairy sectors in France. It argues that the producerist understanding of the crises in agriculture leads these two farmers unions, from opposite political backgrounds, to develop common arguments, opening to strategic alliances. Finally, based on the current ?debate on authoritarian populism in rural areas, the article discusses the interest in overcoming these ?narratives in favour of a more emancipatory rural perspective.?
Keywords: Producerist populism, Farmers’ unions, EU’s common agricultural policy, France
Maura Benegiamo, William Loveluck, Agrarian crises and producerist populism in French rural unions: limits and potential for an emancipatory rural politics in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL LAVORO " 162/2022, pp 164-183, DOI: 10.3280/SL2022-162008