Combining theory, research and policy Consuming Interests provides a topical interdisciplinary exploration into the nature of food provision, policy and regulation. The book provides a detailed examination of corporate retailers, state agencies and consumer organisations involved in the food sector. The analysis explores questions including: * what can the public expect from the state
* what limits are there on state action
* what are the most appropriate balances
between public and private interests in the provision of 'quality' foods.
List of figures; List of tables; List of abbreviations; Preface Food and the State, The State of Food;6L Chapter 1: Introduction Section 1 Concepts and framework; Chapter 2 Food policy and regulation; Chapter 3 Restructuring and retailing;Chapter 4 Citizenship, consumption and food rights Section 2 National strategies; Chapter 5 Food consumers: the limits of formal and collective representaion; Chapter 6 The retailers: the emergence of retailer-led food governance;Chapter 7 Evolving models of food regulation; Section 3 Local strategies Chapter 8 Local retail-consumption spaces and hierarchies;Chapter 9 The nationalisation of food regulation: coping with space; Chapter 10 The local regulatory interface: enforcement practice on the ground; Chapter 11 Conculsions: retailing, regulation and consumption Appendix: The social research methods employed in the study. Bibliography