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Unforeseen drivers, such as the swings in global food prices and the consequences of economic recession, as well as foreseeable factors such as demographic developments or migration call for new modes of governance for various economic and social transactions.

Modes of governance are contracts, networks, bureaucracy, cooperation or markets; in other words, the organisational solutions for making institutions effective and guaranteeing rights and duties. New modes of governance refer not only to the process of policy formulation (requirements for impact assessments and integrated modelling) and to the design of policies (decentralisation, bottom-up initiatives), but also to the coordination of agricultural input and output markets (energy, credit, labour, food, fibre, landscape). In this respect, the management of natural resources such as land, water and biodiversity plays a crucial role. Moreover, the challenges of social safety systems in rural areas require particularly innovative governance structures. Last but not least, new modes of governance call for the further development of theoretical concepts and methods for analysing institutional changes and their outcomes.


The primary objective of the 2010 IAMO Forum is to provide the opportunity for multidisciplinary discussion of the theme, Institutions in Transition and Challenges for new modes of governance for transition countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Central and East Asia. Young researchers from all over the world, and especially from transition countries, are offered a forum for discussing achievements, options and future needs related to scientifically supporting agricultural and rural policies. Traditionally, the IAMO Forum organises keynote sessions with high-ranking speakers who share their experience in the field.

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