Common Agricultural Policy: a New Governance Regime
Reform of the CAP has been a major issue for the Commission for some time, but since the late 1990s, pressure for change has increased greatly following changes in budgetary constraints, negotiations with the WTO and the enlargement eastwards. Given the current situation and the inadequacy of the reforms proposed by the Commission and Sapir’s report (2003), there seem to be certain advantages in returning to Roosevelt’s theory whereby we might admit the existence of an ‘agricultural exception’. Agricultural products cannot be governed just by the laws of international trade. Following the traditional distinction between the first and the second pillar of the CAP, two kinds of proposals can be made regarding firstly the price support mechanisms, and secondly the rural development policy.
KeywordsCommon Agricultural Policy Governance Regime Economic Surplus Production Quota Rural Development Policy
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