The Europeanisation of the Agri-environmental Policy and domestic change: the cases of Germany and Poland

Hadynska, Anna (2009). The Europeanisation of the Agri-environmental Policy and domestic change: the cases of Germany and Poland. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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This PhD thesis evaluates domestic strategies for adapting the European Agri-environmental Policy (AEP). The concept of Europeanisation is employed, as it relates to the adaptation of domestic policies and policy instruments to the existing EU legislation. This study argues that Europeanisation alters national policy-making arrangements, but prevailing domestic factors affect the adjustment patterns, which is why the outcomes vary among member states. This assumption enables the identification and the comparison of national mechanisms applied within AEP approaches.
Due to the fact that the range of tools available within the AEP is vast, the Agri-environmental Scheme (AES) measure has been chosen as the basis for a detailed examination. This research is confined to the Europeanisation of the AES in two case studies. A comparative study of the Land Brandenburg and Poland provides insightful points of reference on the level of changes undertaken and the process of policy-making in the domestic arenas. These analyses will present an explanation of the extent to which the European level affected the emergence and further development of the AEP in both cases. An examination of the policy-making arenas are needed to answer why and in which way reform capacities have been built and what factors affected the process. It will be possible to see to what extent the additional resources deriving from the AES legislation facilitated existing domestic arrangements. In this manner, this study identifies the dynamics of the redistribution of European authority in the domestic arenas.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Government and Society, Department of Political Science and International Studies
Funders: Other
Other Funders: Institute for German Studies, Deutsche Akademischer Austausch Dienst, University Association for Contemporary European Studies, Polish-German Foundation for Cooperation
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)


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