Neoliberal Restructuring, Neoregulation, and the Mexican Poultry Industry

Martinez-Gomez, Francisco
Aboites-Manrique, Gilberto
Constance, Douglas H.
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Agriculture and Human Values

The US poultry industry based on flexible accumulation has been advanced as the model of agro-industrial development for agrifood globalization. Similarly, Mexico has been presented as a noteworthy example of the negative effects of neoliberal restructuring associated with the globalization project. In this paper we use both of these assertions as points of departure to guide an investigation of the case of the restructuring of the Mexican poultry industry. Informed by a commodity systems analysis, archival data and key informant interviews are used to generate an overview of the history of the poultry industry in Mexico. A sociology of agrifood theoretical framework informed by regimes theory is employed to analyze the events of the case. We conclude that neoregulation related to the IMF and NAFTA restructuring in Mexico facilitated the diffusion of the US model of poultry production

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Mexico, poultry, neoregulation, neoliberalism, contracts, regimes
Martinez, Francisco, Gilberto Aboites, and Douglas H. Constance. 2013. “Neoliberal Restructuring, Neoregulation, and the Mexican Poultry Industry.” Agriculture and Human Values 30(4):495-510.