Public Choice

, Volume 127, Issue 3–4, pp 385–405 | Cite as

Market Failures and Government Failures: A Theoretical Model of the Common Agricultural Policy

  • Peter NedergaardEmail author


Economic theory has tried to explain the characteristics of the Common Agricultural Policy inductively on the basis of certain economic peculiarities of agriculture. However, by overlooking the so–called government failures of the political system as an independent variable in explaining the Common Agricultural Policy it is impossible to explain, for example, the strong agricultural lobbyism. The deductive theoretical model of this article integrates economic as well as political actors in order to explain the characteristics of the Common Agricultural Policy. The proposed theoretical model is not “tested”, but the criteria for such a test are presented.


Political System Market Failure Agricultural Policy Political Decision Common Agricultural Policy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Center for Business and Politics Copenhagen Business SchoolFrederiksbergDenmark

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