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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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A Glass Half Full

Varietals of Capitalism

Xabier Itçaina

Antoine Roger

Andy Smith

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter argues that structured contingency is not just an omnipresent part of the economics of the wine industry and of economic activity in general, it is also deeply multiscalar. Changes in multiscalarity over the past twenty to thirty years have contributed considerably to creating the conditions for the deep change in wine policy that was adopted at the EU scale in 2008. Nevertheless, as others have also argued strongly when analyzing other socioeconomic phenomena, the deepening of multiscalarity must not lead researchers to fall back on deterministic and reductionist accounts based on macroeconomic data. On the contrary, it is high time for researchers to begin to examine multiscalarity more closely by finding ways to simultaneously study all the scales that relate to the contemporary politics of socioeconomics and discover and explain their key components.

Keywords:   structured contingency, wine industry, economic activity, multiscalarity, wine policy, socioeconomics

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