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Why are geographical indications unevenly distributed over Europe?

Joosse, Sofie and Olders, Pepijn and Boonstra, Wiebren J. (2021). Why are geographical indications unevenly distributed over Europe? British Food Journal. 123 , 490-510
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Purpose Through geographical indications, the European Union aims to stimulate economies, especially in lagging rural regions, and to help consumers recognise and locate quality products from specific regions. The highly uneven distribution of geographical indications, and with that the unequal benefits of this policy, have been identified and discussed in the scientific literature on food and rural development. Design/methodology/approach Using a statistical analysis of the distribution of geographical indications, the paper tests the validity of several theoretical explanations that are offered in the literature for the uneven spatial distribution. Findings From this assessment, the paper concludes, amongst others, that common single-cause explanations for the uneven distribution of labels in Europe have weak explanatory value. Rather, the uneven distribution is based on a complex set of causes, with different effects at national and regional level. Moreover, the findings highlight that in contrast to its aim, the policy does not seem to benefit especially lagging rural regions. Originality/value The analysis of the uneven distribution of labels in Europe offered here suggests that a distinction should be drawn between the mechanisms resulting in regional food products versus the mechanisms resulting in regional food labels, such as geographical indications.

Authors/Creators:Joosse, Sofie and Olders, Pepijn and Boonstra, Wiebren J.
Title:Why are geographical indications unevenly distributed over Europe?
Series Name/Journal:British Food Journal
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:123
Page range:490-510
Number of Pages:21
Publisher:EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD
ISSN:0007-070X
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 507 Social and Economic Geography > Economic Geography
Keywords:Food labels, Geographical indications, Rural development, Spatial distribution
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-114239
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-114239
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1108/BFJ-01-2021-0107
Web of Science (WoS)000710784900001
ID Code:26026
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:04 Nov 2021 16:27
Metadata Last Modified:04 Nov 2021 16:31

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