The changing discourses of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy Cover Image

Spreminjajoči se diskurzi skupne kmetijske politike Evropske unije
The changing discourses of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy

Author(s): Karmen Erjavec, Emil Erjavec
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Slovensko sociološko društvo (in FDV)
Keywords: European Union; Common Agricultural Policy; European Commission for Agriculture and Rural Development; discourse analysis

Summary/Abstract: The standing interest in agricultural policy in the European Union (EU) raises a question about the relationship between deeply structural tendencies, policy trends and the dominant discourses. This paper presents a discourse analysis of agricultural restructuring in the EU during the period November 2004 to October 2007. The analysis reveals three discourses about Common Agricultural politics (CAP). The discourse of neomercantilism is based on the productivist concept and the state-assisted paradigm of the CAP. Second, the multifunctional discourse sees agriculture as being multi-functional and producing not only food but also sustaining rural landscapes, protecting biodiversity and contributing to the viability of rural areas. Third, the discourse of neoliberalism, which occupies a hegemonic position among discourses about the CAP, emphasises the primacy of the global market in order to facilitate further reforms and the liberalisation of the CAP.

  • Issue Year: 25/2009
  • Issue No: 60
  • Page Range: 67-85
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Slovenian