Magellan Project: The political economy of beef liberalisation

March 2003 publication

The five nations of Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and the United States (‘Five Nations’) are major players in world beef trade. They, and others, have a large stake in efforts to reduce support and trade barriers affecting the international beef market. Representatives from these nations initiated the Magellan Project at a conference in Australia in 2001. The aims of the project are to quantify the benefits of liberalizing world beef trade, to better understand the political forces needed to bring about reductions in support, and to devise appropriate strategies for reform.

This book is an international collection of papers by experts on the political economy of beef liberalisation in the five main potential markets for beef – Japan, Korea, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Local authors from each of these five countries have analysed the political forces affecting beef policies, how they have changed and the new avenues these changes have opened up for liberalizing world beef trade.

To view the Global Beef Liberalisaton: Magellan Project Phase 1 report online [pdf, 115KB]

To view the Global Beef Liberalisaton: Magellan Project Phase 2 publication online [pdf, 461KB]

To view the Global Beef Liberalisaton: Magellan Project Phase 3 report online [pdf, 868KB]

View final publication online [pdf, 1291KB]