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Varietals of CapitalismA Political Economy of the Changing Wine Industry$
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Xabier Itçaina, Antoine Roger, and Andy Smith

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501700439

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501700439.001.0001

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Existing Approaches to Change in and beyond the Wine Industry

Existing Approaches to Change in and beyond the Wine Industry

Chapter:
(p.11) 1 Existing Approaches to Change in and beyond the Wine Industry
Source:
Varietals of Capitalism
Author(s):

Xabier Itçaina

Antoine Roger

Andy Smith

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501700439.003.0002

This chapter shows that four major theory-driven interpretations of change in the European wine industry are incomplete or wrong. More fundamentally, it identifies why the general assumptions about politics, economics, and change that underlie each of these four approaches—namely institutionalist economics, regulationist economics, sociological institutionalism, and actor-network theory—urgently need replacing. The first two of these approaches are excessively materialistic. Although their claims contrast sharply, they both interpret policy and political change as the consequence of exogenously caused changes in stocks of material resources and power. In contrast, analyses based on sociological institutionalism and actor-network theory are insufficient analytically because they give excessive explanatory weight to the interactions between individuals and groups (or objects). In so doing, and despite their considerable differences, they focus on the positioning and repositioning of firms within networks and underestimate the unintentional resonances between differentiated, historically structured, and partially autonomous spaces.

Keywords:   European wine industry, institutionalist economics, regulationist economics, sociological institutionalism, actor-network theory

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