Defending the status quo: agricultural interest groups and the challenges of overproduction

Carine Germond

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The committee of organizations professionnelles agricoles (COPA) is the oldest and largest agricultural lobby the European Union today. Based on research in the archives of COPA and based on historical-institutionalist theories, examines this product, whether and how some of the most criticized results of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as the promotion of over-production were due to the influence of non-state actors such as COPA. The essay begins with a description of the institutional structures and working methods of the COPA and illuminates the close relationship between COPA and the European Commission. Then, this paper analyzes the Copas effort to fend off reform proposals of the Commission in the dairy sector or influence. The paper shows that non-state actors such as COPA were a driving force behind the agricultural policy status quo in the 1970s.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-82
Number of pages21
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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