Framework for Assessing Policy Influence on Resilience: A Case Study of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy in De Veenkoloniën, the Netherlands

Yannick Buitenhuis, J.J.L. Candel, C.J.A.M. Termeer, P.H. Feindt

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The accumulation of economic, social, institutional and environmental challenges and their potentially complex interconnections have created concerns about the resilience of EU farming systems, as well as the appropriateness of existing policy responses. Simultaneously, the complex interactions between policy output and resilience outcomes have hardly been researched in-depth; it is unclear how policies influence resilience. We, therefore, developed the Resilience Assessment Tool (ResAT): an analytical framework that conceptualises how policy output influences farming systems’ resilience on three capacities (robustness, adaptability and transformability). Whereas this new framework is a major step in conceptualising the relation between policies and resilience, so far it has not been applied empirically to test the tool’s capability to analyse the influence of policy output on resilience. The aim of this research is to empirically apply the ResAT on a Dutch farming system case (intensive arable farming in De Veenkoloniën) to assess the perceived effects of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on the system’s resilience. Simultaneously, the application of the ResAT allowed us to critically explore the use, merits and demerits of the ResAT. Our findings show that the current policy goals and instruments are mostly focused on enabling the robustness of the farming systems, while placing less emphasis on adaptability and almost none on transformability. Overall, the ResAT shows that resilience is a meaningful approach to analyse agricultural-related policies. The tool has potential for the analysis of policy effects on resilience, however, further developments based on given critiques need to be considered.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventECPR General Conference 2019 - University of Wrocław, Wroclaw, Poland
Duration: 4 Sept 20197 Sept 2019


ConferenceECPR General Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleECPR 2019


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