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Interest Groups and the Governance of Growth in Organic Farming

Halpin, Darren and Daugbjerg, Carsten (2008) Interest Groups and the Governance of Growth in Organic Farming. Paper at: Nordic Political Science Association’s (NOPSA) XV Conference, Tromsø University, August 6-9 2008. [Unpublished]

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In this paper we probe the issue of developing capacity by exploring the organisational evolution of the key organic interest groups in Australia, the UK and Denmark. A comparison of the Organic Federation of Australia (OFA), the British Soil Association (SA) and the Danish National Association of Organic Farming, NAOF (later the National Organic Association, NOA) is particularly useful in investigating the nuts and bolts of interest group capacity development and adjustment. They emerged from a similar milieu; yet they developed their capacities very differently. While all three associations have developed capacities for the promotion of the organic sector in relation to consumers, farmers and government, they differ significantly in relation to capacity development as it pertains to policy implementation. The key differences can be explained by variation in the organic farm policies of the three countries. The comparison also demonstrates that existing groups can adapt capacities when policy changes, even where neo-liberal inspired policy strategies are deployed.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Australia, interest groups, policy, UK, Denmark
Subjects:"Organics" in general
"Organics" in general > History of organics
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF III (2005-2010) > COP - Public policies and demand for organic food
Deposited By: Nielsen, Susanne Strandbjerg
ID Code:13953
Deposited On:15 Aug 2008
Last Modified:03 Aug 2012 12:23
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Commentary on Outside Item:FØJO project

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