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The incentive structure in public policies — The example of the law on producer groups in Poland


  • Ilona Banaszak

    () (Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute for Forecasting, Bratislava, Slovakia)

  • Volker Beckmann

    () (Humboldt University Berlin, Division of Resource Economics, Department of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture, Berlin, Germany)


Agricultural producer groups are akin to marketing co-operatives and appeared in Poland after the transformation. The article investigates the emergence of legislation regulating the functioning of producer groups and offering them financial support. The legislation was an essential stimulus for setting up new producer groups. The number of groups applying for subsidies has been systematically rising. Many groups, however, were disbanded within the first few years after the legislation came into effect. In many cases group members expected different forms of subsidies and less complicated application procedures. The provision of adequate information for farmers and the training of civil servants who would be able to assist them in interpreting the law could have increased the utilisation of support.

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  • Ilona Banaszak & Volker Beckmann, 2008. "The incentive structure in public policies — The example of the law on producer groups in Poland," Society and Economy, Akadémiai Kiadó, Hungary, vol. 30(1), pages 79-92, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:aka:soceco:v:30:y:2008:i:1:p:79-92

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