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The EU's agricultural policy reconsidered : a study on the legitimacy of the common agricultural policy

Sturm, Valerie (2014) The EU's agricultural policy reconsidered : a study on the legitimacy of the common agricultural policy.

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Abstract:This bachelor thesis aims to investigate the legitimacy of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union. It is based on Scharpf’s (1999) concept of output and input legitimacy. From a perspective of output legitimacy, political decisions are legitimate, if they solve problems effectively (measured as the level of goal attainment) and serve the common welfare. Input legitimacy is given, if decisions reflect the interest of the people. To investigate output legitimacy, the thesis makes use of existing impact studies on income, environmental issues, such as biodiversity, and structural effects, also related to rural development. The analysis of input legitimacy focuses on the attitudes of Europeans, using data of the Eurobarometer. The findings reveal, that Pillar I is limited in its effectiveness and does not serve the common welfare. In contrast, Pillar II is both effective and serves the common welfare, although it is not powerful enough to counteract overall trends on community level. Citizen attitudes support these findings, as they are broadly reflected the policies of Pillar II, but not of Pillar I. As Pillar I represents the greatest share of the CAP’s financial means, both output and input legitimacy can thus be considered as relatively low.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:48 agricultural science, 70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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