While much has been written on the Common Agricultural Policy from the perspectives of political science and agricultural economics, it is as true now as it was in 1988 when the first edition appeared to say that little has been written in English on the specifically legal issues which arise from the CAP. Despite this apparent neglect, the CAP lay behind many of the institutional developments in the EC, as well as its system of finance, and it is also an area where the introduction of the euro has had a particularly marked effect. Agricultural goods formed the first single market in the EC, and agricultural legislation forms the background to much of the European Court's case-law on the relationship between EC law and national law, and it is also within this context that the Court has developed (and is developing) many of the general principles of EC law.
Furthermore, the CAP is an area which has more recently been influenced by broader international agreements, notably the WTO Agreement on Agriculture, but it is also an area in which EC policy has in fact been found to conflict with WTO law, notably with regard to the market in bananas, and with regard to the prohibition on hormones in beef. The aim of this book is to explore the legal issues arising from the CAP at a time when it has undergone a major change of emphasis from product support to producer support, and to set out the principles underlying what remains a complex web of legislation.
`Provides a clear and authoritative exegesis of a complex area of Community law and is an essential point of reference for study of the Common Agricultural Policy ... rendering the legal principles underlying the Common Agricultural Policy accessible to a wider audience, distilling issues of more general application from highly detailed legislation and case law ... this new edition is very much to be commended for providing a comprehensible entrée,
written with great assurance, into an area of law that has much to offer in terms of the legislative development of the Community.'
Law Quarterly Review
`Overall, the book is a clear, coherent and thorough treatment of a difficult, though important area that is often neglected by many specialists in European Union law. This second edition is an important purchase for all those specifically interested in Union or international agricultural issues and the law of the European Union more generally. The clear exposition means that it is also a very useful library purchase for both undergraduate and
European Law Review
`Presents a clear and well written analysis of the scope of the common organisations and the financial structures which form the backbone of the policy itself ... There is an interesting and erudite discussion of the powers of the national authorities, the difficulties created by the existence of the common organisations, as well as the scope of the exclusive nature of the CAP.'
European Law Review
1: Agriculture in the EC Treaty
2: Aims, Objectives and Principles of the Common Agricultural Policy
3: Agricultural Support - the International Context
4: Agricultural Support - Common Organisations of Agricultural Markets
5: Agricultural Support - Financial Mechanisms
7: Common Organizations of the Market: Legal Consequences
8: Structural and Guidance Measures
9: Administration of the Common Agricultural Policy
Series: British Academy Monographs in Archaeology
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 1st March 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised