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Post-exceptional politics in agriculture: an examination of the 2013 CAP reform

Greer, Alan


Alan Greer
Prog Director/ AP in Politics & Pub Plcy


© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. A core claim about agricultural policy making is that it is ‘compartmentalized’ and ‘exceptional’. In this picture, the policy process is insulated from other policy concerns, has a distinctive system of actors and institutional structures, and is rooted in extensive governmental intervention in the market and the redistribution of resources from taxpayers to food producers. Recently there have been suggestions that a ‘post-exceptional’ agricultural politics has emerged, which is more market-driven, has reduced state intervention, and where policies reflect influences relating to non-food issues such as the environment. This contribution discusses the concepts of compartmentalization and exceptionalism and then applies ‘indicators of change’ to a case study of the 2013 reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). It concludes that the reform provides evidence for ‘shallow’ post-exceptionalism where a historically persistent agricultural policy subsystem has opened up to new actors, incorporated some programme change but left the ideational framework largely intact.


Greer, A. (2017). Post-exceptional politics in agriculture: an examination of the 2013 CAP reform. Journal of European Public Policy, 24(11), 1585-1603.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 24, 2017
Online Publication Date Jun 8, 2017
Publication Date Jun 8, 2017
Deposit Date Aug 15, 2017
Journal Journal of European Public Policy
Print ISSN 1350-1763
Electronic ISSN 1466-4429
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 11
Pages 1585-1603
Keywords agricultural politics, common agricultural policy, CAP reform 2013, compartmentalization, exceptionalism, post-exceptionalis
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of European Public Policy on 24th April 2017, available online:


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