Environmental policy integration in the EU’s common agricultural policy: greening or greenwashing?
SourceJournal of European Public Policy, 24, 11, (2017), pp. 1604-1622
08 juni 2017
Article / Letter to editor
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Politicologie t/m 2019
Journal of European Public Policy
SubjectEuropeanization of Policy and Law (EUROPAL)
The increasing multidimensionality of agriculture, linking the domain with environmental, trade and food safety concerns, has mobilized new policy actors bringing new preferences and ideas into the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) debate. This article investigates the extent to which this has contributed to Environmental Policy Integration (EPI) in the CAP. It puts forward the claim that an incomplete transformation in European agricultural policy from exceptionalism to post-exceptionalism explains the limited extent of EPI in the CAP. This claim is substantiated by a longitudinal comparative analysis of the CAP reforms over the last two decades, applying a multidimensional concept of EPI as process (how the formal and informal procedures and institutions in place allow for the integration of environmental concerns in policy deliberation), output (the translation of such concerns in changes in policies) and outcome (the performance of the new policies in terms of environmental benefits).
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