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Introduction: New directions in agrarian political economy

ByMadeleine Fairbairn, Jonathan Fox, S. Ryan Isakson, Michael Levien, Nancy Peluso, Shahra Razavi, Ian Scoones, K. Sivaramakrishnan

Forty years have passed since the first issue of The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS) was launched. The ‘broadly based but rigorous political economy’ of peasant societies called for in its first editorial statement continues to flourish (Byres and Shanin 1973, 1). New trajectories of agrarian change generated by advanced capitalism, transformed political contexts and the emergence of new actors and social forces are prompting fresh research and theoretical reconstructions of classic questions of agrarian transition central to debates in JPS for many decades.