Title

Diffusion of food policy in the U.S.: The case of organic certification

Abstract

Organic food certification policy and programs are an interesting case to explore in terms of policy diffusion, as there has been interesting dynamics between the federal and state levels, and great diversity in the pace of diffusion across states. At the same time, this policy diffusion underlies a very dynamic marketplace that has relied on government-based certification policies and programs to stabilize and support growth of the organic food sector. The focus of this paper is a cross-section time series analysis of organic policy adoptions over the past several decades to explore the types of factors that have influenced diffusion across time and space. Although federal policy activity has been a key driver of this dynamic, there are several other state-specific factors that also help to explain the differential diffusion of policies in this realm.

Department(s)

Political Science

Document Type

Article

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2016.02.007

Keywords

policy diffusion, certification programs, food political economy, organic food and agriculture, sustainable food labeling, sub-national food policy

Publication Date

2016

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