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Dynamics of policy networks. The case of organic farming policy in the Czech Republic

Moschitz, Heidrun; Hrabalova, Andrea and Stolze, Matthias (2015) Dynamics of policy networks. The case of organic farming policy in the Czech Republic. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 18 (4), pp. 406-425.

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To better understand the potential for successful and long-term establishment of environmental policy, the aim of this paper is to explore the network dynamics of a policy field that has become well established in the EU: organic farming. We look at the dynamics of the organic farming policy network in the Czech Republic over a period of ten years by applying a comparative formal network analysis. We focused in particular on the distribution of power between actors and how capacities of policy actors have evolved between 2004 (its year of accession to the EU) and 2014. We conclude that the organic farming policy network in the Czech Republic has been highly dynamic and has changed from one that was decidedly influenced by organic sector organizations to a network centralized around the Ministry of Agriculture. However, the organic farming organization managed to maintain its good reputation for competence in organic farming policy, which creates opportunities for the organization to remain active in the policy debate.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:organic farming policy, policy network, network analysis, network dynamics, long-term policy implementation, policy capacity, Department of Socio-Economic Sciences, rural sociology
Agrovoc keywords:
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
"Organics" in general > History of organics
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Europe
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Society > Rural sociology
Czech Republic
ISSN:1522-7200 (electronic) 1523-908X (paper)
Deposited By: Moschitz, Heidrun
ID Code:29486
Deposited On:17 Feb 2016 20:45
Last Modified:27 Oct 2021 14:37
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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