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Institutionalism and CAP reform

Nielsen, Helene Odgaard (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The aim of this report is to establishing whether or not the institutional structures and norms there are embedded in the Commission constrain the commissioners and influences the commissioners in a certain direction when is come to a CAP reform. Here I will use normative- and rational choice institutionalisms to identify to what extent the commissioners are influenced by institutional structures and then discus what the consequences are of this institutional influences related to the commissioners ability to reform the CAP. Furthermore I want to see if history matter. Have the CAP policy developed a historical path, there are limiting and constraining the commissioners undertaking regarding a CAP reform. I think it's important to... (More)
The aim of this report is to establishing whether or not the institutional structures and norms there are embedded in the Commission constrain the commissioners and influences the commissioners in a certain direction when is come to a CAP reform. Here I will use normative- and rational choice institutionalisms to identify to what extent the commissioners are influenced by institutional structures and then discus what the consequences are of this institutional influences related to the commissioners ability to reform the CAP. Furthermore I want to see if history matter. Have the CAP policy developed a historical path, there are limiting and constraining the commissioners undertaking regarding a CAP reform. I think it's important to recognise that the development of politics is also a process over time and not only a static picture. Here I will look at the MacSharry reform in 1992 and the June reform in 2003.

I conclude that the commissioners are influenced and constraints by the institutional reforms there are embedded into the Commission. But the commissioners are also rational utility maximising individuals when it comes to a CAP reform. So it is a mixture of rational behaviour and intuitional constraints. Furthermore the CAP policy has an element of path dependency, because of the element of providing income security to farmers. This element of path dependency does also influence and limiting the commissioners. (Less)
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  abstract     = {The aim of this report is to establishing whether or not the institutional structures and norms there are embedded in the Commission constrain the commissioners and influences the commissioners in a certain direction when is come to a CAP reform. Here I will use normative- and rational choice institutionalisms to identify to what extent the commissioners are influenced by institutional structures and then discus what the consequences are of this institutional influences related to the commissioners ability to reform the CAP. Furthermore I want to see if history matter. Have the CAP policy developed a historical path, there are limiting and constraining the commissioners undertaking regarding a CAP reform. I think it's important to recognise that the development of politics is also a process over time and not only a static picture. Here I will look at the MacSharry reform in 1992 and the June reform in 2003.

I conclude that the commissioners are influenced and constraints by the institutional reforms there are embedded into the Commission. But the commissioners are also rational utility maximising individuals when it comes to a CAP reform. So it is a mixture of rational behaviour and intuitional constraints. Furthermore the CAP policy has an element of path dependency, because of the element of providing income security to farmers. This element of path dependency does also influence and limiting the commissioners.},
  author       = {Nielsen, Helene Odgaard},
  keyword      = {Normative Institutionalism, Rational Choice Institutionalism,,Historical Institutionalism,,Common Agricultural Policy (CAP),,the Commission,,the commissioners,,the MacSharry reform,,the 2003 reform.,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Institutionalism and CAP reform},
  year         = {2006},
}