Assessing the success of agri-environmental policy in the UK

Hanley, N. , Whitby, M. and Simpson, I. (1999) Assessing the success of agri-environmental policy in the UK. Land Use Policy, 16(2), pp. 67-80. (doi:10.1016/S0264-8377(98)00041-6)

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Abstract

This paper considers alternative means for assessing the success of “agri-environmental” policy (AEP), which has become an increasingly-important aspect of agricultural and environmental policy throughout Europe, and which has probably developed more extensively in the UK than elsewhere. After a brief description of the main elements of AEP in the UK, we consider two broad classes of assessment method, those based on efficiency and those based on effectiveness. The latter class of methods has dominated appraisal so far in the UK, primarily through participation measures. We outline the limitations of these, and then consider evidence of policy efficiency gained through cost–benefit analysis techniques. Finally, we suggest how a combined approach could be used to appraise three possible changes to UK agri-environmental policy.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hanley, Professor Nicholas
Authors: Hanley, N., Whitby, M., and Simpson, I.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Land Use Policy
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0264-8377
ISSN (Online):1873-5754

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