The doctoral thesis deals with the question of to what extent global hunger can be counteracted by optimizing policy designs for Food Security and the underlying sectoral policies.
The project aims to identify and classify various paradigms of Food Security and Agricultural policies and to explore how the policy paradigms have been evolving over time. The geographical focus of the project lies on post-Soviet world. In this thesis I enquire the development of sectoral policies, going beyond the traditional rationalistic analysis on levels of Food Security and assessment of agricultural development to offer a progressive in-depth analysis through testing and adopting of classical policy analysis concepts in non- or semi-democratic contexts.
Thus, this study aims to provide deeper insight into the social transformation dynamics, questioning the continuity and change of regimes and policy designs, which are important for a broader range of countries especially with Soviet heritage. Furthermore, this research contributes to the policy paradigm literature by exploring the differences of the policy paradigm shift found in OECD countries compared to paradigmatic changes in non- or semi-democratic contexts. To achieve the project goals, various methods will be used: discourse analysis, case-to-case study, stakeholder interviews, as well as qualitative and quantitative secondary data analysis. The analysis in this thesis is the first to pursue such an in-depth approach and will provide the basis for improved policy advice.