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An Inside View of the CAP Reform Process: Explaining the MacSharry, Agenda 2000, and Fischler Reforms

Arlindo Cunha and Alan Swinbank


From the outset, the European Union's common agricultural policy (CAP) was subject to scathingly criticism. Despite this, no substantial reform was undertaken until 1992. Then, in little more than a decade, from 1992 to 2003, the CAP experienced three significant reforms: the 1992 MacSharry Reform, the 1999 Agenda 2000 Reform, and the 2003 Fischler Reform, profoundly changing its original design. The objective of the book is to contribute to a better understanding of this process of EU decision-making and policy reform. After thirty years of policy stasis, what unlocked policy reform, how was ... More

Keywords: decision-making, agriculture, common agricultural policy, European Union, Commission, European Council, European Parliament, MacSharry, Fischler, Agenda 2000, GATT, World Trade Organization, Uruguay Round, Doha Round, Delphi

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199591572
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591572.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arlindo Cunha, author
Professor of European Economy, Portuguese Catholic University, Porto

Alan Swinbank, author
Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Reading