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Farmers and Foreigners Seeking to Influence CAP Decision-making

Arlindo Cunha and Alan Swinbank

in An Inside View of the CAP Reform Process

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199591572
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725579 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591572.003.0003
Farmers and Foreigners Seeking to Influence CAP Decision-making

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One consequence of the enormity of the CAP budget, and of the impact the CAP has on different groups in society both within Europe and overseas, is the large number of organizations seeking to influence the policy process. This chapter considers first the role of European farm interest groups, and then the international pressures that are brought to bear upon the CAP. Farm groups, particularly COPA and COGECA, were given a privileged position in the early history of the CAP, but their influence has declined over time. Internationally, the CAP has come under pressure in OECD meetings and GATT and WTO negotiations, with the USA and the Cairns Group taking the lead.

Keywords: farm interest groups; COPA; COGECA; OECD; GATT; USA; Cairns Group

Chapter.  4545 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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