Guardians of the Countryside Public Choice Theory and the Farm Lobby in the EU's Common Agricultural Policy
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Political Science & Geography
Graduate Program in International studies
David C. Earnest
Call Number for Print
Special Collections LD4331.I45 C67 2012
Through various waves of reform, the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy remains inefficient without meeting all of its stated goals. The MacSherry reforms of 1992 resulted in the opposite of what leaders intended: higher spending and a growing bureaucracy. Later in the 1990s, Agenda 2000 slashed its originally planned cutbacks after farmers protested. Though support exists for reducing spending on agriculture, market intervention remains.
This thesis explores the problem through the use of public choice theory. -Consumers make too large a group to organize effectively or inform themselves about the issue, while farmers consist of a smaller group with well-defined interests. Because they cannot get as much income as they would wish from the market, farmers engage in rent-seeking behavior in hopes of receiving income from the state. Due to their smaller size, . they find ease in organization, giving them a better bargaining position than consumers when it comes to lobbying for agricultural subsidies.
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"Guardians of the Countryside Public Choice Theory and the Farm Lobby in the EU's Common Agricultural Policy"
(2012). Master of Arts (MA), Thesis, Political Science & Geography, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/8w2m-xk71