731385 Reforms and decision making process of common agricultural policy

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Sinabell, Franz
Offered in
Sommersemester 2023
Languages of instruction


Block A. CAP-Milestones and Issues

oHistorical roots and objectives of CAP

oCAP-Milestones (each phase is described by their problems, objectives, instruments, effects and reforms)
-Methodology to evaluate the CAP
-Price Support (1962-1983)
-Supply Management (1984-1992)
-Direct Payments (1993-2004/6)
-Single payment Schemes (2005/7-2013)

oAustria and CAP
-Austrian agriculture and EU integration
-Policy instruments, effects and issues

Block B. EU Institutions and regulating the CAP

oThe European integration
-Phases of integration
-EU institutional system

oDecision making process in agriculture
-Specific characteristics of Commission, Council and Parliament
-Legal instruments and how is legislation agreed
-Committees – how the daily CAP is regulated
-CAP as lobbing system

oRegulating the CAP
-First Pillar (The Single Common Market Organisations, Direct Payments)
-Rural Development policy
-Budget for agriculture and other horizontal issues

Block C. Political economy models and CAP

oQualitative models for the explanations of the CAP
-National, multi-national and dynamic models on the base of Moyer, Josling 2002, Garzon, 2006)

oCases analysis
-MacSharry reform, Agenda 2000, Fischlers reform 2003,…

Block D. Simulation of the Council negotiations on actual CAP issue

oFuture of CAP
-Impact factors (International dimension (WTO Doha round); Budgetary pressures; Consumer preferences)
-Actors of the CAP decision making process
-Future reforms and model of the CAP

oCAP Simulationsgame
-Selection of issue, division of the roles, preparation of the simulation
-Negotiation positions of the actors
-Simulation of the CAP Council negotiation


Previous knowledge expected


Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

•to understand the EU institution structures and decision making process, especially in the field of agriculture;

•to examine the structure and content of the legal texts related to the CAP;

•to critically compare the development of Common agricultural policy (CAP), to understand their objectives, instruments, effects and reforms;

•to apply the political economy and political science methodology and models for the analysis of the CAP reforms and decision making process;

•to understand the issues, drivers, agents and process of the past and actual CAP decision making process.

You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.