This project is situated in a context of growing decentralization and regionalization (both on a European and a national level) of public policies concerning agriculture and rural development. The aim is to define and interpret the role of the regions in the implementation of community policies by an approach that is both economic and political. Systematic comparative analyses will be made of several regions with different levels of development (Alto Tras Os Montes and Douro, Bade-Wurtemberg, Catalonia, Crete, Lombardy and Rhone-Alpes). These will be completed by less detailed analyses of four other regions.
The research objectives are:
- to measure and compare the weight of the regions in the framework of the Common Agricultural Policy, primarily through their budgetary participation;
- to analyse the specific responsabilities of regional institutions and the socio-political mechanisms that determine their intervention and their implementation of community policies;
- to define and compare the contents of their action in the agricultural sector and in the articulation between agricultural and rural development;
- to examine the coherence and articulation between regional intervention, on the one hand, and EU or national policies, an the other.
The outcome of the research will be to reveal and explain discrepancies and difficulties in aligning regional policies with the objectives of EU policies (CAP and cohesion policy). Il will also draw conclusions concerning a way of enhancing coherence between the various agricultural policy-making levels: EU, States, Regions.
The research will use results obtained beforehand by partners to develop methods of systematic analysis for the evaluation and comparison of regional policies, e.g. budgetary nomenclature, typology of regional intervention, and sociopolitical framework of analysis (i.e. policy networks and conceptual frameworks for public policies). In-depth case studies will examine the implementation of local initiatives and of community programmes (agricultural section of Objective 1 and 5b Operational Programmes, LEADER initiatives, agri-environnemental programmes, CMO reform, etc.).
Participants will work in four groups, each dealing with one of the following themes: budgets; institutional and sociopolitical analyses; interventions in the agricultural sector; and interventions regarding rurality and environmental issues. Each of these groups will be led by the head of a national team and will organize an exchange of researchers for interventions in the different
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona)
5000 Vila Real