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New Limits On European Agriculture: Politics and the Common Agricultural Policy

New Limits On European Agriculture: Politics and the Common Agricultural Policy

By François Duchêne, Edward Szczepanik and Wilfrid Legg

Rowman & Allanheld, 1985, 286 pp.

This is an outstanding study of the history and dynamics of the process whereby Western Europe, once the world's leading food importer, has reached record levels of farm production, exports and also government expenditure. The explanations lie not so much in high prices as in a more complex interplay of national and Community policies, some of which continue to block some needed reforms. After examining the alternatives, the authors suggest that more, not less, common policy is called for-but they do not predict it.