New England Australia, what follows from regional status?: A comparative, political economy approach

Grant, Bligh and Dollery, Brian and Hearfield, Colin (2011) New England Australia, what follows from regional status?: A comparative, political economy approach. International Journal of Wine Business Research, 23 (1). pp. 83-98. ISSN 1751-1062

Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to contrast the marketing strategies of the New England Australia wine-producing region with those of the Languedoc-Roussillon region in France. While the two regions occupy similar market positions, they nonetheless reveal diametrically opposed marketing strategies. Against the background of this comparative discussion, the paper proposes methods to enhance the development of the New England Australia wine region so that it becomes a more complete example of successful rural restructuring. Design/methodology/approach – This paper uses a comparative, political economy approach to explore the marketing strategies of the New England Australia wine-producing region, and the Languedoc-Roussillon region in France. In particular, following the work of Garcea-Parpet, the paper seeks to demonstrate that markets are most usefully viewed as social and political/legal constructs, as well as economic exchanges, and that focussing on the former elements is a fruitful way to proceed, both in terms of analysis and policy prescription for the industry. Findings – Comparison with the Languedoc-Roussillon region in France generates future potential opportunities for New England Australia. A number of issues are discussed with respect to the organisation of the industry and its representation, particularly focusing on leadership and the extent to which leadership was both a catalyst for change and a driver of continued success in the case of Languedoc-Roussillon. Originality/value – This paper represents the first exploration of the impact of regional status for the New England Australia wine region and the first comparative analysis of the region with Languedoc-Roussillon.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy. FOR: 149903; SEO Code: 910402 IJWBR is a 'C' ranked C1 publication(ERA 2010).
Depositing User: Mr Bligh Grant
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 23 May 2011 10:18
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia, France, viticulture, marketing strategy, political economy
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 14 Economics > 1499 Other Economics > 149903 Heterodox Economics
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910402 Management
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1108/17511061111121425
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18712

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