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Policy Networks in British Government$
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David Marsh and R. A. W. Rhodes

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198278528

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198278528.001.0001

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The Agricultural Policy Community

The Agricultural Policy Community

Maintaining a Closed Relationship

(p.27) 2 The Agricultural Policy Community
Policy Networks in British Government

Martin J. Smith

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the relationship between the National Farmer's Union (NFU) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAFF), which has traditionally been seen as one of the classic examples of a corporatist relationship. It is argued that the relationship should be characterized as a closed policy community. The chapter also examines the nature and development of the agricultural community. Finally, it assesses the chances of the closed community being broken open in the future.

Keywords:   National Farmer's Union, NFU, MAFF, corporatist relationship, closed policy community, agricultural community, closed community

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