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Regulatory Governance of Organic Farming in the EU: From a Multilevel Perspective

Storma, Sarah (2015) Regulatory Governance of Organic Farming in the EU: From a Multilevel Perspective.

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Abstract:The paper describes the EU governance structure on current organic farming. Council Regulation (EC) 834/2007, Commission Regulation (EC) 889/2008 and the EU-U.S. Organic Equivalence Agreement are taken into consideration. The different regulatory tasks to conclude a regulation are analyzed in regards to the governmental level on which an actor is operating and whether an actor is private, hybrid or public in nature. Through the analysis of different organizations, institutions, enterprises and other actors, one draws conclusions about the modes of governance in EU regulations. There is a strong sense of decentralized governance in regards to the enforcement and certification task in all three regulations. The EU control system of organic farming is a good example for co-regulative processes. There is a high degree of stakeholder involvement in regards to expertise, evaluation and monitoring processes. However, this is only a consultative arrangement. Therefore, stakeholders do not have direct regulatory powers. It will also become evident that there is a strong sense of multilevel governance in the organic farming sector, which is reinforced by the emergence of international and European umbrella organizations in addition to private local farmers associations. The most centralized modes of governance are found in regards to the initiative and legislative task, which shows that the EU institutions, especially the Commission, are still the most important player in concluding supranational regulations.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:15 history, 43 environmental science, 48 agricultural science, 70 social sciences in general, 83 economics, 85 business administration, organizational science, 86 law, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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