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Journal Article

Agricultural Power in the European Community: Explaining the Fate of CAP and GATT Negotiations

John T. S. Keeler
Comparative Politics
Vol. 28, No. 2 (Jan., 1996), pp. 127-149
DOI: 10.2307/421978
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/421978
Page Count: 23
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Agricultural Power in the European Community: Explaining the Fate of CAP and GATT Negotiations
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Abstract

The European Community's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has long been criticized for burdening consumers and taxpayers, stimulating surplus production, and distorting international agricultural trade. As the agricultural population has declined, acceptance of these negative economic effects has appeared increasingly baffling to critics. The EC farm lobby has exerted power to block or dilute liberal reforms and to jeopardize GATT accords largely because of its asymmetrical interest in the CAP, organizational clout, and disproportionate enfranchisement in the EC and nationally. The traditional pillars of support for the CAP have recently been weakened, but agro-power in the EC remains formidable.

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