The 2016 cap reform accommodating wto pressures


Foodstuffs entering the EEC from non-member countries were subject to “variable levies” (tariffs), which prevented target prices from being undercut by cheaper imports.Instead, what exists is a set of arguments, models and theorems founded on explanations of more general subjects relevant to explaining and understanding CAP reforms.In this chapter, existing theoretical approaches are elaborated.

Finally, ideational approaches reflecting on CAP reform from the perspective of the changing ideas of things are identified: liberal constructivism and critical discourse analysis.There is no theory of CAP reforms in the sense of a systematic explanation of a particular object of inquiry.Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has been one of the most controversial, and complex, farm policies of all time.The CAP was a cornerstone of the European Economic Community (EEC) established by the 1957 Treaty of Rome, which aimed to progressively create a common market and harmonize the economic policies of the then six member states.

This chapter presents the existing approaches towards explaining and understanding CAP reforms.

Firstly, rational and public choice theories based explanations of CAP as an agricultural supports policy are elaborated.


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