Exploring the Determinants of CAP Reform: A Delphi Survey of Key Decision-makers<sup>1</sup>

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:
Exploring the Determinants of CAP Reform: A Delphi Survey of Key Decision-makers1

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A panel of key decision-makers, closely involved in the 1992, 1999, and 2003 CAP reforms, participated in a Delphi survey designed to ascertain what had prompted the Commission to launch these reform initiatives and what factors were relevant in determining the reform packages subsequently decided by the Council. The panel was clear about the primary role of the Commission in putting the reforms onto the political agenda on each occasion and in determining the final agreement. The entrepreneurial role of the Commissioner for Agriculture was also emphasized. The panel clearly indicated that they believed that the GATT/WTO negotiations were a major motivating force behind the reforms, even in 1992. Pressures from environmental groups were identified as of growing importance, from a low base in 1992 to real significance in 2003.

Keywords: Delphi; CAP reform; Commissioner; Council; GATT

Chapter.  9870 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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