Preventing Reform: Farm Interest Groups and the Common Agricultural Policy

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)


’Agriculture cannot expect to take an increasing share of public resources; in the rich sixties, we could perhaps afford that, but in the lean eighties, we cannot.’ When he framed the issue in this way about one month before the adoption of a wide-ranging package of decisions on agricultural policy in March 1984, Claude Villain, the European Commission’s Director-General for Agriculture, expressed the view of many experts and policymakers: a long overdue reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to control the financial consequences of over-production that were threatening to derail the Community’s budget had become inevitable.


Agricultural Policy Common Agricultural Policy Farm Income National Archive European Economic Community 
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