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

  title={The 2003 Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy: Against all Odds or Rational Explanations?},
  author={Peter Nedergaard},
  journal={Journal of European Integration},
  pages={203 - 223}
  • P. Nedergaard
  • Published 1 July 2006
  • Political Science
  • Journal of European Integration
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 2003 CAP reform? And second, how can the actual content of the reform — with, for example, increased bureaucratisation and more diffuse implementation — be accounted for? The article concludes that it is possible to rationally answer the two questions and that the external pressure resulting from the… 
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