Implementing cross compliance for agriculture in the EU: relational agency, power and action in different socio-material contexts

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Juntti, M. 2012. Implementing cross compliance for agriculture in the EU: relational agency, power and action in different socio-material contexts. Sociologia Ruralis. 52 (3), pp. 294-310. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9523.2012.00564.x
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TitleImplementing cross compliance for agriculture in the EU: relational agency, power and action in different socio-material contexts
AuthorsJuntti, M.
Abstract

The cross compliance instrument is an EU wide policy mechanism that ties the payment of the remaining agricultural subsidies to compliance with environmental, animal welfare and food safety standards. Policy negotiations concerning the exact nature of the conditions in individual Member States draw on different environmental and economic circumstances and differing interpretations of farmers' role in the rural environment. This article reports on two case studies of decision-making concerning the national cross compliance rules in England and Finland. Actor Network Theory is employed in order to understand how socio-economic and environmental contexts combine to influence and constrain interviewed decision-makers and the propositions they make regarding power and action in the implementation of the cross compliance mechanism. The approach uncovers some significant differences in the normative logic of how cross compliance is interpreted and delivered in the studied countries and highlights how ‘baseline environmental standards’ imply very different obligations for farmers in different member states. It is evident that a more flexible policy approach is needed to achieve a minimum level of environmental protection throughout the EU.

Research GroupLaw and Politics
LanguageEnglish
PublisherWiley
JournalSociologia Ruralis
ISSN0038-0199
Electronic1467-9523
Publication dates
PrintJul 2012
Publication process dates
Deposited30 May 2013
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9523.2012.00564.x
Web of Science identifierWOS:000305887700003
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