The political economy of wine: How terroir and intra-sector dynamics affect land use in Spain

Pablo Alonso Gonzalez, Eva Parga-Dans, Alfredo Macias Vazquez

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This paper provides a constructive critique of Corrine Cash's paper “Good governance and strong political will: Are they enough for transformation?”, published in volume 58 of Land Use Policy in 2016. By focusing on how intra-sector dynamics influence land use policies in conflicts revolving around urban sprawl, this paper aims to complement and, to some extent, widen the analytic lens deployed by Cash. The examination of the Spanish wine sector and its lack of zoning policies confirms Cash's argument about the need to go beyond discourses of ‘good governance’ and ‘strong political will’ to understand the dynamics underpinning real spatial processes. However, this exploration underscores the need to add layers of complexity to land use analyses, showing the relevance of intra-sector conflict and logics. In complicating any simplistic reduction of urban sprawl conflicts to rural–urban oppositions, the paper ultimately calls for a more dynamic and multiscalar planning theory to address complex governance issues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-292
JournalLand Use Policy
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017


  • Terroir
  • Governance
  • Wine zoning
  • Spain
  • Urban sprawl

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