Changing the crop protection or pesticide use regime in the Netherlands: an analysis of public debate

  • Jan BuurmaEmail author


This chapter examines the public debate on crop protection and pesticide use in terms of frequencies of questions raised in parliament and articles published in national newspapers. This descriptive analysis shows the relative importance of distinct themes and changes in these themes over time. It also demonstrates which public and private organisations took the lead in the public debate on the various subjects. The descriptive analysis is followed by a dramaturgic analysis in which the decisive moments and actors for change are identified. Furthermore, reflections are presented on how the change in socio-technical regime could happen, where the seeds of transition were sown, which actors and stakeholders disturbed the established order and which actions were decisive for the regime changes. In the final section, a selection of theoretical frameworks is applied to deepen the analysis and to detect candidate mechanisms for explaining how this change of socio-technical regime came about.


Pesticide Residue Public Debate Crop Protection Food Retailer Environmental Criterion 
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© Wageningen Academic Publishers 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI)Wageningen University and Research CentreWageningenNetherlands

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