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Governing the Rule-Making of Organic Agriculture: The Nexus of National and Supra-National Rule-Makers

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  • Department of Management

Based on PHD thesis. In western societies, organic agriculture is highly institutionalised as an approach to sustainable farming. In this development, a vast number of standards and rules have been constructed by rather diverse rule-makers. Despite EU's attempt to harmonise rules and standards for organic agriculture, the diversity of rule-makers has resulted in differences in standards and problems of inefficient markets. This book addresses this issue by providing an increased understanding of how such rule-making activities are created nationally. The analysis is based on a comparative study of Denmark and Sweden. Although the cases illustrate two modes of governance: in the former, rule-making is formally internalized in the State and in the latter, in a private-interest organization, a similar set of stakeholders participate in the actual rule-making processes. The analysis provides an interesting avenue into understanding the relationship between local and supranational rule-makers, and how local rule-makers may act to secure local circumstances and demands from supranational legislators concurrently. Moreover, the analysis offers suggestions as to possible consequences of striving for uniform standards.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherVDM Verlag
Number of pages214
ISBN (Print)978-639-18321-4, 3639183215
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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