The New Common Agricultural Policy: Ηow Do Member States Respond to Flexibility?

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Roberto Henke

CREA - Research Centre for Agricultural Policies and Bio-economy

Theo Benos

Maastricht University

Fabrizio de Filippis

University of Rome III - Department of Economics

Mara Giua

University of Rome III

Fabio Pierangeli

INEA - Istituto Nazionale di Economia Agraria

Maria Rosaria Pupo D'Andrea

CREA - Research Centre for Agricultural Policies and Bio-economy

Date Written: March 2018

Abstract

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is a core policy of the European Union (EU), representing 40 per cent of the EU budget and a cornerstone of the integration process. Due to the path dependency that defined its evolution, it had always been a rather homogeneous and centralized policy. For the first time, the 2014–20 reform endowed Member States with the possibility to tailor the direct payments of the CAP along different fields of flexibility and thereby better address their national needs. This article examines these national choices in terms of the discontinuity they impose on the centralized policy model, showing that they reduced the policy inertia associated to the historical processes in place at the EU level, along a new national path dependency re‐shaping the CAP implementation. The flexibility introduced by the 2014–20 reform was particularly embraced by Member States that had been penalized by the ‘one‐size‐fits‐all’ historical archetype.

Keywords: CAP reform, direct payments, EU agricultural budget, CAP national choices, EU flexibility

Suggested Citation

Henke, Roberto and Benos, Theo and de Filippis, Fabrizio and Giua, Mara and Pierangeli, Fabio and Pupo D'Andrea, Maria Rosaria, The New Common Agricultural Policy: Ηow Do Member States Respond to Flexibility? (March 2018). JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 56, Issue 2, pp. 403-419, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3124627 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12607

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Fabrizio De Filippis

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Mara Giua

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Fabio Pierangeli

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Maria Rosaria Pupo D'Andrea

CREA - Research Centre for Agricultural Policies and Bio-economy

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52100 Arezzo
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