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The International Political Economy Of Coffee: From Juan Valdez To Yank's Diner
The International Political Economy Of Coffee: From Juan Valdez To Yank's Diner
By Richard L. Lucier
Praeger, 1988, 332 pp
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Commodity studies are somewhat out of fashion but this one reminds us how interesting and enlightening they can be. Starting with the fall in coffee sales in Yank's Diner in Scranton in late 1976, which followed the rise in prices caused by a frost in Brazil the previous year, this analysis looks into the way coffee is produced and sold, its place in economic development, clashes and agreements between producing and consuming countries, and the political dimensions of their interdependence. Without being definitive, and focusing mainly on Brazil, Colombia, the Ivory Coast and the United States, Professor Lucier of Denison University shows us how useful it is to get behind the statistics and at least part way into the real world.