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The Potential of Collective Action for the Control of Nonpoint Source Pollution in European Rural Areas

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dc.contributor.author Amblard, Laurence
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-04T21:30:55Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-04T21:30:55Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8656
dc.description.abstract "In the European Union (EU) context, regulatory instruments and individual incentive schemes have been the main policy instruments implemented to control non-point source pollution from agriculture. There also exist some examples of voluntary cooperation among farmers to enhance water quality. However, there has been no systematic assessment of the costs and benefits of such agri-environmental cooperation. The article aims at assessing the potential of co-operative agreements for limiting diffuse nitrate pollution from agriculture. Transaction costs economics are used as a framework to assess the potential advantages of collective action as an alternative or a complement to other policy tools. To identify the conditions under which cooperation may be successful, we then use the Socio-Ecological Systems framework (Ostrom, 2009). A review of empirical studies relative to cases of collective action for agricultural water pollution prevention in the EU context serves as a basis for the identification of the factors likely to affect the success of cooperation for water quality management in agriculture. The analysis relies more particularly on two cases: the Environmental Co-operatives in the Netherlands and the Ferti-Mieux operations in France." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject pollution en_US
dc.subject agriculture en_US
dc.subject cooperatives en_US
dc.subject policy analysis en_US
dc.subject transaction costs en_US
dc.title The Potential of Collective Action for the Control of Nonpoint Source Pollution in European Rural Areas en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.subject.sector Agriculture en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Design and Dynamics of Institutions for Collective Action: A Tribute to Prof. Elinor Ostrom, Second Thematic Conference of the IASC en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates 29 November - 1 December en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands en_US


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