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An Inside View of the CAP Reform Process: Explaining the MacSharry, Agenda 2000, and Fischler Reforms


  • Cunha, Arlindo

    (Professor of European Economy, Portuguese Catholic University, Porto)

  • Swinbank, Alan

    (Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Reading)


An Inside View of the CAP Reform Process is about EU decision-making, in particular for the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). From its formation in the 1960s through to 1992 the CAP was almost immune to change; but from 1992 a series of major reforms took place. Many authors have asked why and how this change came about, including academics writing from political economy and political science traditions, and EU officials themselves. With the benefit of Arlindo Cunha's intimate insider's knowledge, this book delves into the mysteries of the policy making process by assessing the MacSharry, Agenda 2000, and Fischler reforms, explaining how, and why, CAP reform became part of the political agenda, and the decisions that were taken. It focuses in particular on the role of the Commission and the Commissioner for Agriculture, the Council of Ministers and its Presidency, and the European Parliament. It adopts a heuristic political economy approach, drawing upon the economics and political science literatures as appropriate. The MacSharry reform was much influenced by the Uruguay Round of GATT negotiations, and the 2003 Fischler reform by the Doha Round of WTO negotiations. A Delphi survey of key decision-makers, assessing their perception of the drivers of policy reform, and an analysis of subsequent CAP reform, including the Health Check in 2008 and preparations for the post-2013 CAP review, round-off the discussion. The former EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Franz Fischler, contributes a Foreword. Contributors to this volume -

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  • Cunha, Arlindo & Swinbank, Alan, 2011. "An Inside View of the CAP Reform Process: Explaining the MacSharry, Agenda 2000, and Fischler Reforms," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199591572.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780199591572

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    1. Swinbank, Alan, 2011. "Fruit and Vegetables, and the Role They Have Played in Determining the EU’s Aggregate Measurement of Support," Estey Centre Journal of International Law and Trade Policy, Estey Centre for Law and Economics in International Trade, vol. 12(2).
    2. Alan Greer, 2013. "The Common Agricultural Policy and the EU budget: stasis or change?," European Journal of Government and Economics, Europa Grande, vol. 2(2), pages 119-136, December.
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    4. Popp, Jozsef & Peto, Karoly & Jambor, Attila, 2015. "Cap 2013 Reform: Consistency between Agricultural Challenges and Measures," APSTRACT: Applied Studies in Agribusiness and Commerce, AGRIMBA, vol. 9(3).
    5. Galluzzo, Nicola, 1. "Role And Effect Of Agroforesty Subsides Allocated By The Common Agricultural Policy In Italian Farms," International Journal of Food and Agricultural Economics (IJFAEC), Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University, Department of Economics and Finance, vol. 3(1).

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