Triggering change: Towards a conceptualisation of major change processes in farm decision-making

Sutherland, Lee-Ann and Burton, Rob J.F. and Ingram, Julie and Blackstock, Kirsty and Slee, Bill and Gotts, Nick (2012) Triggering change: Towards a conceptualisation of major change processes in farm decision-making. Journal of Environmental Management, 104. pp. 142-151. ISSN 03014797

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Abstract

In this paper, we present a broad conceptualisation of major change in farm level trajectories. We argue that as a result of path dependency, major changes in farming practice primarily occur in response to 'trigger events', after which farm managers intensify their consideration of the options open to them, and may set a new course of action. In undertaking new actions, the farm system enters a period of instability, while new practices become established. Over time these new practices, if successfully achieving anticipated aims, lead to a further period of path dependency. Recognising and capitalising upon this pattern of events is important for the development of policies oriented towards incentivising major change in farming practices, and may explain why similar projects and/or policies influence some 'types' of farmers differently, and at different times. To illustrate our arguments, examples of this process are described in relation to empirical examples of major on-farm change processes, drawn from qualitative interviews with organic and conventional farmers in two English case study areas

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: REF2014 Submission. Author Keywords:Path dependency; Lock-in; Succession; Organic farming; Farm transition KeyWords Plus:AGRI-ENVIRONMENTAL MEASURES; PATH-DEPENDENCY; LOCK-IN; AGRICULTURE; MANAGEMENT; ENGLAND; PARTICIPATION; DETERMINANTS; TRAJECTORIES; PERSPECTIVE
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2014 09:51
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2016 18:18
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/417

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