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Agricultural Policy and Trade: Adjusting Domestic Programs in an International Framework
Agricultural Policy and Trade: Adjusting Domestic Programs in an International Framework
By D. Gale Johnson, Kenzo Hemmi and Pierre Lardinois
New York University Press, 1986, 132 pp

"It is politically naïve," say the authors, "to imagine . . . that international undesirability in itself" will cause the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan to make major changes in agricultural policies. They see a chance, though, that as governments try to reduce the costs of farm supports they could agree on some "mutual limitations" that would permit them to move toward more market-oriented policies together. Specific recommendations are accompanied by estimates of the effects on different countries and commodities. The experienced authors have squeezed a remarkable amount of information about agricultural conditions and policies into this excellent brief study.