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Environmental Co-operation and Institutional Change: Theories and Policies for European Agriculture

Edited By: Konrad Hagedorn

Edward Elgar

Hardback | May 2002 | #131676 | ISBN: 1840648414
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Although the history of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is dominated by a process of centralization, growing pressures to integrate agri-environmental problems into the CAP have revealed the need to embrace decentralized approaches in an efficient federal structure. Indeed, in recent years it has become increasingly evident that the agricultural sector must undergo fundamental changes in order to enter an era of sustainable development. The authors of this book do not believe that this will be an easy process, not only because agricultural policies in Europe are dominated by specific interest groups, but primarily because integrating environmental aspects into the CAP requires difficult institutional change at different levels. Centralized decision making at the EU level had characterized recent agricultural policy and the authors argue that centralized and hierarchical governance structures may fail to produce adequate solutions if they are not linked to regional and more diverse institutional arrangements.


Part 1 Theoretical approaches and insitutional foundations of environmental co-operation. Part 2 Designing and managing environmental co-operatives: the Dutch experience. Part 3 Governance structures and learning processes for changing agricultural practices. Part 4 Implementation of agri-environmental policies as an issue of collective action. Part 5 The role of co-operative arrangements in implementing environmental policies. Part 6 Knowledge systems, stakeholders' interests and conflict resolution in protected areas. Part 7 Promoting environmental protection by co-operative marketing of food products.

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