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Bringing evaluation into the policy cycle: CAP cross compliance and the defining and redefining of objectives and indicators

Bozzini, Emanuela and Hunt, Joanne 2015. Bringing evaluation into the policy cycle: CAP cross compliance and the defining and redefining of objectives and indicators. European Journal of Risk Regulation 6 (1) , pp. 57-67. 10.1017/S1867299X00004281

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Abstract

This contribution seeks to overcome the isolation of evaluation studies fromthe broader field of public policy analysis. Using as a case study the hybrid regulatory tool of cross compliance under the Common Agricultural Policy, the article charts the ongoing incorporation of ex ante and ex post evaluation processes over a ten year period, during which three major legislative reforms were undertaken. Anchoring its approach in the public policy work of Kingdon, the article emphasises the significance of the plurality of actors involved in the evaluation processes, the importance of timing, as well as the challenge to models of policy processes based on assumptions of rational linearity. In particular, the article demonstrates how the dis–ordering which may be observed in the stages of the policy process may equally be seen in the stages of policy appraisal. A particular focus is placed on the way in which objectives and indicators are defined and re–defined over time. The case study demonstrates that through policy appraisal, policy makers may learn what is, and what is not capable of being measured, which feeds back into the re–setting of objectives.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1867-299X
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2019 23:01
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/102189

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