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The folly of EU policy transfer: why the CAP does not fit Central and Eastern Europe (new revised title)

Die Absurdität der Politikübertragung in der EU: warum die GAP nicht zu Mittel- und Osteuropa passt
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Gorton, Matthew; Hubbard, Maria Carmen; Hubbard, Lionel

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Abstract This paper assesses the appropriateness of the EU’s CAP for meeting rural development challenges in the New Member States (NMS). It argues that while the mitigation of structural problems confronting rural areas in these countries is critical to meeting the challenge of effectively integrating Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) into the EU, the CAP is poorly suited for four key reasons: (i) lack of convergence between the socio-economic conditions of rural areas in the NMS and EU15; (ii) differences in farm structures in terms of both size and organisational type; (iii) an inappropriate balance of resources between Pillars I and II; and (iv) inadequate capacity to implement rural development measures in NMS. Overall, the CAP was insufficiently reformed and represents a failure to adequately adjust from an exclusively western European institution into an appropriate pan-European organisation.
Classification European Politics; Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Free Keywords Common Agricultural Policy (CAP); Rural development; Enlargement; Central and Eastern Europe
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 1305-1317
Journal Regional Studies, 43 (2009) 10
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)