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Constructing Private GovernanceThe Rise and Evolution of Forest, Coffee, and Fisheries Certification$
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Graeme Auld

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300190533

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300190533.001.0001

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Markets and Politics in the Coffee Sector

Markets and Politics in the Coffee Sector

(p.112) Chapter Five Markets and Politics in the Coffee Sector
Constructing Private Governance

Graeme Auld

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the role of markets and politics in the initiation of certification programs in the coffee industry. It begins by describing production in the coffee sector and the market conditions expected to affect the rise of certification. It then reviews the history of intergovernmental processes for coffee and how they have coevolved with the activism of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). It also assesses both the opportunities for influence available to NGOs and businesses and the changing perceptions of social and environmental problems in the coffee sector. Finally, it discusses the coffee sector's low barriers to entry, the multinationals' occupation of extensive points of concentration in the sector's global supply chain, and the level of international trade for coffee.

Keywords:   markets, politics, certification programs, coffee industry, activism, nongovernmental organizations, barriers to entry, multinationals, supply chain, international trade

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