SWFS - Crisis of legitimacy and challenges for food policy


  • Mustafa Koç Ryerson University




food policy, legitimacy


Looking into the food system through the lens of food security, the first decade of the 21st Century was a period of broken promises, distrust, as well as fear and anxiety due to multiple crises in the financial markets—in the agri-food sector and in global politics. I will argue that this economically and politically volatile environment and the widespread distrust of major international and national agencies in terms of governance has led to a global legitimacy crisis, which I consider one of the biggest obstacles in mobilizing the public for social change and policy reforms.

Author Biography

Mustafa Koç, Ryerson University

Mustafa Koc is a professor of sociology at the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University.




How to Cite

Koç, M. (2015). SWFS - Crisis of legitimacy and challenges for food policy. Canadian Food Studies / La Revue Canadienne Des études Sur l’alimentation, 2(2), 17–22. https://doi.org/10.15353/cfs-rcea.v2i2.108