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How are ecological approaches justified in European rural development policy? Evidence from a content analysis of CAP and rural development discourses

Leduc, Gaëlle and Manevska Tasevska, Gordana and Hansson, Helena and Arndt, Marie and Bakucs, Zoltán and Böhm, Michael and Chitea, Mihai and Florian, Violeta and Luca, Lucian and Martikainen, Anna and Pham, Hai Vu and Rusu, Marioara (2021). How are ecological approaches justified in European rural development policy? Evidence from a content analysis of CAP and rural development discourses. Journal of Rural Studies. 86 , 611-622
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Abstract

Ecological approaches to farming are gaining increasing interest in the EU's Rural Development (RD) policy. From a societal perspective, these approaches are expected to deliver public goods in terms of environmental and social benefits for both consumers and rural actors. This study aims to investigate the policy discourses that are being used in the Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) of Sweden, France, Bavaria, Hungary, Poland and Romania to depict and justify the support for ecological approaches across three programming periods of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). For this purpose, a model integrating both CAP and RD discourses was developed and applied using deductive content analysis focused on the policy documents of RDPs. The results suggest that during the entire CAP period from 2000 to 2020, ecological approaches were mainly justified in a multifunctionality discourse, especially with the two RD discourses of i) nature conservation in all considered EU member states and regions, with the exception of Sweden, and ii) agri-ruralism, including Sweden. The neomercantilist discourse appears to be the third most dominant discourse in the two most recent CAP periods from 2007 to 2013 and 2014–2020, becoming more prominent between these two periods. Ecological approaches are almost never advocated along liberal lines as the neo-liberalist discourse is almost absent. These results highlight that these six EU member states and regions recognize the potential of these approaches for delivering public goods, despite a lesser emphasis on socio-economic benefits

Authors/Creators:Leduc, Gaëlle and Manevska Tasevska, Gordana and Hansson, Helena and Arndt, Marie and Bakucs, Zoltán and Böhm, Michael and Chitea, Mihai and Florian, Violeta and Luca, Lucian and Martikainen, Anna and Pham, Hai Vu and Rusu, Marioara
Title:How are ecological approaches justified in European rural development policy? Evidence from a content analysis of CAP and rural development discourses
Series Name/Journal:Journal of Rural Studies
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:86
Page range:611-622
Number of Pages:12
ISSN:0743-0167
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 507 Social and Economic Geography > Human Geography
Keywords:Common agricultural policy, Content analysis, Discourse, Ecological approaches, Rural development programmes
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112880
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112880
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1016/j.jrurstud.2021.06.009
ID Code:25103
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:30 Aug 2021 13:25
Metadata Last Modified:30 Aug 2021 13:31

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