Agricultural commercialization and capitalist development in Brazil

Vol. 12 No. 3 (1992)

Jul-Sep / 1992
Published July 1, 1992
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Maluf, Renato Sérgio. 1992. “Agricultural Commercialization and Capitalist Development in Brazil”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 12 (3):360-72.

Agricultural commercialization and capitalist development in Brazil

Renato Sérgio Maluf
Do Curso de Pós-Graduação em Desenvolvimento Agrícola, da Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro – CPDA/UFRRJ, Rio de janeiro/RJ, Brasil.
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 12 No. 3 (1992), Jul-Sep / 1992, Pages 360-372


This paper presents an alternative view of agricultural commercialization in the
capitalist development process in Brazil, in contrast with the functionalist approach derived
from neoclassical economic theory. Agricultural commercialization is a capital circulation
activity whose form depends on the social organization of agricultural production and the
development of capital concentration, both determined by the modernization process of
the Brazilian economy. The conclusion remark upon the tendency toward subordination of
circulation activities, the growing importance of different types of capital (agrarian, commercial,
agroindustrial and “entrepreneurial cooperatives”) and of the financial appreciation
of capital used in agricultural production and circulation.

JEL Classification: Q13.

Keywords: Agriculture agricultural market marxism