Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Department für Agrarökonomie

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Albrecht Daniel Thaer - Institut für Agrar- und Gartenbauwissenschaften | Department für Agrarökonomie | Agrar- und Ernährungspolitik | Forschung | Aktuelle Projekte | Dissertationen | Power and Legitimacy in Policy Instruments. The Implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in Germany

Power and Legitimacy in Policy Instruments. The Implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in Germany

 

This dissertation examines the legitimacy of public policy arrangements, analyzing the power effects and legitimacy implications of policy instruments. Policy instruments are not just useful tools employed by governments to achieve policy objectives. They provide the means for policy makers to allocate resources, distribute budgets and influence the behavior of addressees in a desired direction and therefore entail the exercise of power. Policy instruments are often combined in policy mixes with multiple goals, multiple instruments and multiple levels. Their complexity creates challenges for the design and analysis of policy mixes. Existing studies of policy mixes often fall short on reflecting the power effects of policy instruments and combinations of policy instruments, which are manifestations of social and political order and therefore require a certain degree of legitimacy. This PhD project contributes to an emerging field: the critical analysis of policy instruments. It takes the policy mix of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union (EU) and its implementation in Germany as an example. Combining a top-down and a bottom-up policy analysis, the dissertation aims to explain which factors determine the exercise of political power through policy instruments and the legitimacy of policy mixes.