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The greening of the EU: the Common Agricultural Policy and the Structural Funds

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Disciplines
  • Agricultural Science
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science

Abstract

The degree to which environmental concerns areintegrated into 'non-environmental' policies such as economicdevelopment, agricultural, transport, and energy policies provides a bettermeasure of the 'real' performance of European Union (EU) environmentalpolicy than does the total amount of legislation adopted. The author investigates the extent to which the environmental integration principle is appliedin the EU's regional development, cohesion, and agricultural policies.Differences in the levels of integration achieved across these policyareas is determined by the 'goodness of fit' with preexisting policy philosophies and institutional structures, and the type of strategies pursuedto achieve integration. Although indirect strategies are principally problematic, defensive strategies may succeed in conjunction with some activepolitical or legal pressure.

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