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Public Preferences, Pressure Groups, And Public Policy Regarding Multifunctionality In Agriculture: Compatibility And Conflict

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  • Goodhue, Rachael E.
  • Gruere, Guillaume P.
  • Klonsky, Karen

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The multifunctionality of agriculture is increasingly important in the design of agricultural policy. We compare the current emphasis of Californian state policies to social preferences, elicited through focus groups. We demonstrate that program objectives and public priorities diverge in significant ways, and we develop a pressure group political economy model that explains such differences.

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Paper provided by American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association) in its series 2002 Annual meeting, July 28-31, Long Beach, CA with number 19595.

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Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea02:19595

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Keywords: Agricultural and Food Policy;

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  1. Hartell, Jason G., 2004. "Pricing Benefit Externalities of Soil Carbon Sequestration in Multifunctional Agriculture," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 36(02), August.

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