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Ex-ante institutional compatibility assessment of policy options: methodological insights from a case study on the Nitrate Directive in Auvergne, France


  • Laurence Amblard
  • Carsten Mann


The Procedure for Institutional Compatibility Assessment (PICA) has been developed as a formalised methodology to predict the compatibility between a policy option and the institutional context of its implementation. As a first empirical test of the tool, PICA was applied to the implementation of the EUNitrate Directive in Auvergne, France. Valuable insights were acquired on thecombination of experts and stakeholders' perspectives and the choice of qualitative methods for the collection of the information needed at each step ofthe assessment. Further, this procedure proved to be a valuable tool for the ex-ante identification of institutional factors affecting the implementation of policies.

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  • Laurence Amblard & Carsten Mann, 2011. "Ex-ante institutional compatibility assessment of policy options: methodological insights from a case study on the Nitrate Directive in Auvergne, France," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 54(5), pages 661-684.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:54:y:2011:i:5:p:661-684
    DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2010.527128

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    1. Schleyer, Christian & Theesfeld, Insa, 2011. "Agrar- und Umweltpolitiken aus institutioneller Sicht: eine ex-ante Methode zur Politikbewertung," Journal of International Agricultural Trade and Development, Journal of International Agricultural Trade and Development, vol. 60(3).


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