UNDERSTANDING THE COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY
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Berkeley Hill is Emeritus Professor of Policy Analysis at Imperial College London, and President of the Agricultural Economics Association for 2008/9. He is well-known internationally for consultancy, research and publication on the analysis of agricultural and rural policy.
Most of the recent written material on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is about the details of the day - for example, the views of interested parties on the way milk quotas should be removed or the consequences for the EU of different proposals from opposing camps in the international trade negotiations. Surprising little is available which attempts to increase understanding of why the policies are as they are, how they attempt to tackle the underlying problems faced in the European Union and the degree of success they achieve, and the prospects for change. In short, there are few attempts to place the CAP within the conceptual framework of the 'policy process', aimed at students and others concerned with agriculture, the countryside, rural areas and related subjects. Yet knowledge of this process and how it can be applied is precisely the sort of material which students require to gain good understanding of the CAP. The details of agricultural and rural policies have changed and will change many times, and the number of Member States may increase further; yet the principles of policy analysis as applied to the CAP will endure and be of use as details evolve. These principles are the main focus of this book.
The authors use economics as the main toolkit, as fairly simple economics holds the key to understanding many of the fundamental pressures to which agriculture, environmental issues and rural areas are subject. However, to explain the CAP they acknowledge the importance of the political and administrative environment in which CAP decisions to allocate public funds are made. Thus political economy, especially theory of public choice and the behavior of bureaucratic organizations, is also drawn upon.
1. Understanding the Policy Process - What is Policy? 2. Understanding the Agricultural Problems and Policy Objectives of the European Union 3. Understanding the Policy Decision-making Process in the European Union 4. Evidence-based Policy - Information and Statistics for Policy Decisions 5. Understanding the Mechanisms used to Implementthe CAP 6. Understanding the Support of Agriculture in the EU - Pillar1 of the CAP (direct payments and market support) 7. Understanding the support of agriculture and rural development in the EU - Pillar 2 of the CAP 8. Understanding CAP and the Environment - the Environmental Part of Pillar2 9. The European Union and Agricultural Trade and Development 10. Understanding the Costs of the CAP - Budget and Finance 11. Understanding the Assessment (Evaluation) of the CAP and Rural Policy 12. Understanding the History of the CAP and European Policy12a. Annex to Chapter 12 - a Chronology of the EU and CAP
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