The Political Economy of Agrarian Change: An Essay on the Green Revolution - Keith B GriffinLondon & Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1974, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper lightly sunned at the spine. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with some fraying to the head of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight.
Includes: Diagrams; Tables;
From the cover: “The Political Economy of Agrarian Change is a study of the economic, social and political consequences of the ‘green revolution’, i.e. of the introduction of new varieties of rice and wheat in Asia and Latin America. It is shown that so far the new seeds and the accompanying technology have not resulted in increased agricultural production per head or reduced malnutrition. The direct, quantitative effects of introducing high-yielding varieties of food grains have been modest.
The indirect and qualitative effects, however, have sometimes been significant. The new technology has led to changes in crop pattern and in methods of production. It has accelerated the development of a market-orientated, capitalist agriculture. It has encouraged the growth of wage labour, and thereby helped to create or augment a class of agricultural labourers. It has increased the power of landowners, and this in turn has been associated with a greater polarisation of classes and intensified conflict. Changes in status and class alignments have been accompanied by changes in the distribution of income. Profits and rents have increased absolutely and relatively. The share of wages has declined, and in some instances real wage rates or the number of days worked, or both, have declined.
In short, an old system of agriculture, slowly or swiftly, is in the process of being destroyed by the advance of contemporary technology. This book examines the mechanisms which are eroding the agrarian structures of much of the underdeveloped world and analyses the implications of these changes for the well-being of those who live and work in rural areas.”