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Conflict and Supplement between Formal and Informal Institutions of Prepackaged Food Labeling

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DOI: 10.23977/jfsst.2021.010723 | Downloads: 1 | Views: 116


Wei Li 1


1 College of Politics and Public Management, Northwest University of Political Science and Law, Xi’an, 710122, China

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Wei Li


Scholars have been paying contiguous attention to the topic of discussion of the relationship between the formal institution and the informal institution in the academic community. Through the case study and practical investigation, this paper discusses the integrated present of the boundary and relationship between food label system and informal system. The boundary between a dominant formal system and a hidden informal system is not static and the informal system may be transformed into a formal one, provided that the informal system must be based fully on indigenous cultural characteristics. The relationship between the formal and informal institutions is not simply one kind of relationship existing, but the integrated presence of complex relationships. On the one hand, the formal system excludes the informal system, squeezing the space for informal institutional practice and impacting local knowledge. On the other hand, the informal system practices protect small-scale producers, maintain local knowledge and build other trust systems that are different from the mainstream system. Informal food labeling practice is supplement to formal system.


Formal institution, Informal institutional practice, Food labeling, Conflict, Supplement


Wei Li. Conflict and Supplement between Formal and Informal Institutions of Prepackaged Food Labeling. Journal of Frontiers of Society, Science and Technology (2021) Vol. 1: 118-125. DOI:


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