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Germond, Carine

Germond, Carine


Carine S. Germond, born in Antony, France, 1974. Ph.D. from University of Strasbourg. Assistant Professor of Contemporary History at Maastricht University.

Fellow (1 September 2015 – 31 January 2016)

Ceres’ Experts. Reforming the Common Agricultural Policy, 1957-1992

Research Question

How and to what extent did experts and their expertise debate agricultural policy reform in the European Economic Community (EEC) and contribute to shifting discourses, generating new policy ideas and transforming the EEC’s Common Agricultural Policy between 1957 and 1992?

Project Description

Since its creation in 1957, the EEC had become the dominant platform for cooperation among Western European states in agriculture. European institutions relied heavily on experts for building, shaping and managing the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). In analyzing the role of experts and their expertise in agricultural reform, this study seeks to identify the core group of experts involved in agricultural deliberation, develop an empirically grounded typology of the different types or forms of expertise used in the EEC context, and assess experts’ contribution to reforming the CAP. The resulting monograph will provide comprehensive insights into the role of experts in (co-)shaping a crucial socio-economic sector in post-war Europe and illustrate the ability of this nascent expert community to convert expertise into political and societal influence.

Selected Publications

1) Carine Germond, “An Emerging Anti-Reform Green Front? Farm Interest Groups Fighting the ‘Agriculture 1980’ Project, 1958-1972”, European Review of History, published online 28 January 2015 [http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13507486.2014.1000268]

2) Carine Germond, Expertise, Information and the Common Agricultural Policy: The Role and Influence of European Farm Organisations, In Blom, T., Vanhoonacker, S. (eds.), The Politics of Informing the EU, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2014, 161-176

3) Carine Germond, Preventing Reform? Agricultural Interest Groups and the Common Agricultural Policy, In Kaiser, W., Meyer, J.-H. (Eds.), Non-State Actors in European Integration 1958-1992. From Polity-Building to Transnational Politics and Policy-Making?, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2013, 106-128.

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