Sequencing in public policy: the evolution of the CAP over a decade

  title={Sequencing in public policy: the evolution of the CAP over a decade},
  author={Carsten Daugbjerg},
  journal={Journal of European Public Policy},
  pages={395 - 411}
  • C. Daugbjerg
  • Published 16 March 2009
  • Political Science
  • Journal of European Public Policy
This article sets out to bring the concept of reactive sequencing into policy studies and demonstrate its value in the analysis of policy reform. Reactive sequencing is based on the notion that early events in a sequence set in motion a chain of causally linked reactions and counter-reactions which trigger subsequent development. Since responses to earlier events may come in the form of counter-reactions, reactive sequences do not necessarily induce further movements in the same direction but… 

Reactive Sequences in the Evolution of Maryland’s Consequential Accountability Regime

An institutional analysis is presented of the policy, political, and legislative events associated with the failure of an attempt in 2006 by the state of Maryland to take control of 11 schools in

Process Sequencing Policy Dynamics: Beyond Homeostasis and Path Dependency

Abstract Studies of policy change have advanced to the point where the basic contours and factors driving policy sequences are now reasonably well identified and understood with a great deal of

Acting in Good Time – Conceptual Reflections on the Sequencing of Political Reform Processes

The present article summarises the state of research and extends it with conceptual reflections on the motivation of sequential political action, which can serve as a starting point for differentiation between sequencing processes in further research.

Designing Durable Policy Reforms: Gradual Layering in the EU's Common Agricultural Policy over Three Decades

The study of policy reform has tended to focus on single stage reforms taking place over a relatively short period. Recent research has drawn attention to gradual policy changes unfolding over

Procedural Policy Tools and the Temporal Dimensions of Policy Design

  • M. Howlett
  • Economics
    International Review of Public Policy
  • 2019
This article reviews existing work on the unintentional sequencing of policy activity as well as the lessons which can be derived from the few works existing on the subject of intentional sequencing to define a research agenda with the expectation that this research can improve the resilience and robustness of policies over time.

Responding to Non‐Linear Internationalisation of Public Policy: The World Trade Organization and Reform of the Cap 1992–2013

The transfer of regulatory authority to international organisations can initiate domestic policy reform. The internationalisation process can be a one-off transfer of authority to international

The Common Agricultural Policy and the EU budget: stasis or change?

After highlighting the budgetary context and the historical trends on the funding of the CAP, this paper considers contemporary debates about its reform in the context of two ‘historic firsts’.

From Politicised Budgeting to Political Budgets in the EU?

Recent studies on the evolution of the EU budget suggest that punctuated equilibrium models best explain its evolution over time. However, a number of factors have combined to bring about major

Post-exceptional politics in agriculture: an examination of the 2013 CAP reform

  • Alan Greer
  • Economics, Political Science
    Transforming Food and Agricultural Policy
  • 2019
ABSTRACT A core claim about agricultural policy making is that it is ‘compartmentalized’ and ‘exceptional’. In this picture, the policy process is insulated from other policy concerns, has a



The 1992 CAP Reform, the Uruguay Round and the Commission: Conceptualizing Linked Policy Games

Over the past decade, most OECD countries have begun to reform fundamentally their agricultural policies. Some dispute has emerged over the extent to which policy-making at the international level

CAP Reform 1999: A Crisis in the Making

In March 1999 the European Council, meeting in Berlin, agreed a reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) which superseded a deal the ministers of agriculture agreed – or thought they had agreed

Paradigm Shifts and Policy Networks: Cumulative Change in Agriculture

ABSTRACT This article presents an alternative trajectory to policy paradigm change to that outlined by Peter A. Hall's social learning model, in which unsuccessful efforts by state officials to

A Critique of the Use of Path Dependency in Policy Studies

Path dependency is an important notion in diachronic approaches to understanding social and political processes. The first section of this paper examines the application of path dependency to policy

CAP reform and the WTO: compatibility and developments

This paper outlines the impact that the Uruguay Round Agreement on Agriculture (URAA) has had on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union (EU), and the potential impact of the

The 2003 Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy: Against all Odds or Rational Explanations?

Abstract This article analyses the 2003 reform of the EU Common Agricultural Policy. On the basis of rational choice theory, it addresses to two basic questions: first, which processes led to the

CAP Reforms and Multilateral Trade Negotiations: Another View on Discourse Efficiency

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was institutionalised in the early 1960s and has gone through various crises since then, which have led to increasingly important policy reforms (1981, 1984,

Reforming the CAP: Policy Networks and Broader Institutional Structures

The article develops an analytical framework to analyse how policy networks and the broader institutional context in which they are embedded influence reform outcomes. The framework is applied in a

The 2003 CAP Reform: Accommodating WTO Pressures

In 2003, the EU agreed a major reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP). Its centrepiece was a new Single Payment Scheme (SPS). Policy concerns at the time involved the budget, EU enlargement

The Politics of Cap Reform: Trade Negotiations, Institutional Settings and Blame Avoidance

In this article we argue that the conclusion of the GATT Uruguay Round Agreement on Agriculture and the subsequent role of the WTO has changed the international context of CAP policy-making. However,